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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for January 26, 2019

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SATURDAY, January 26

Mark 5:19 But Jesus refused, and said to him, “Go home to your friends, and tell them how much the Lord has done for you, and what mercy he has shown you.”

This demon-possessed man comes out from the tombs to confront Jesus. Jesus heals him and clothes him. A crowd starts to gather, and soon folks are freaking out over the healing and subsequent mass pig-suicide.

They plead with Jesus to leave their community. Jesus moves to comply, and the freshly exorcised man begs to follow. Jesus says goodbye at the dock and commissions the man to start preaching the gospel.

What does Jesus see in this man? Gratitude seems the likely answer. He is so joyfully grateful, so filled up with the mercy and goodness of Jesus that he is more than happy to share the good news of Jesus Christ with anyone who will listen.

MOVING FORWARD: Tell someone today what God has done for you and the mercy you have been shown.

PRAY for the Diocese of Lucknow (India)

Ps 30, 32 * 42, 43 | Isaiah 46:1-13 |
Ephesians 6:10-24 | Mark 5:1-20

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