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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for December 27, 2017

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WEDNESDAY, December 27      Saint John, Apostle and Evangelist

1 John 1:9 If we confess our sins, he who is faithful and just will forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

There may be no topic more feared or ignored in today’s church than sin. It is certainly a difficult topic for me to discuss. I don’t like being told what I’ve done wrong or have pointed out to me what I have left undone. I want to feel renewed when I leave the church on a Sunday morning, not shamed and embarrassed.

Perhaps my frustration is in part because the standards that Jesus sets for us feel unattainable. No one can truly love God with all of his or her heart. No one can feed every hungry person. We all fall short of the glory of God. This is an uncomfortable truth at best—and heartbreaking at worst.

John the Evangelist writes in his first letter that if we say we worship God but can’t admit to sin, we are walking in darkness. Admitting we have fallen short is the only way to shed light on our situation. Realizing that we aren’t perfect opens the door to a life closer to God and an opportunity to bask in the light of mercy, forgiveness, and love.

MOVING FORWARD: Have you ever been defeated by what felt like an insurmountable challenge? How did you get back up?

PRAY for the Diocese of the Yukon (Canada)

Today the Church remembers Saint John, Apostle and Evangelist.

PS 92 or 92:1-4, 11-14 | Exodus 33:18-23 | 1 John 1:1-9 | John 21:19b-24

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