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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for November 23, 2017

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THURSDAY, November 23      Thanksgiving Day (USA)

2 Corinthians 9:11a You will be enriched in every way for your great generosity.

We were sleeping on benches in a French train station. Our train didn’t leave for another four hours, so I was guarding our backpacks while my companions dozed.

A man wearing shabby, ill-fitting clothes sat by me. Weeks of grime discolored his coat, and his hands were visibly dirty. As he approached, a smell reminiscent of a dumpster preceded him. Being a young and inexperienced traveler, my alert level rose to bright red alarm.

We sat in silence for a while, exchanging enough words to discover that we shared no common language. After what seemed like hours, my seatmate reached into his coat pocket and drew out a small, oily bag. He gently held out the bag to me. I nodded my thanks, took one of the three dates, and ate it. He sat a while longer and then left.

That night, I shared a bench with a rich man, not because of the little money in his pocket but because of the grace that lived in his heart. Generous people always have enough to share with others, not because of how much they have, but because of how much they’re willing to give.

MOVING FORWARD: In what ways are you rich? In what ways are you poor?

PRAY for the Diocese of Vermont

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