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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for January 28, 2018

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SUNDAY, January 28    4 Epiphany

Mark 1:23 Just then there was in their synagogue a man with an unclean spirit.

Homer McLean’s house stands at the bottom of the gently sloping hillside. Confederate General Robert E. Lee surrendered to Union General Ulysses S. Grant in the parlor of that home on April 9, 1865, which ended the American Civil War. I don’t live far from Appomattox Court House National Historical Park and know the terrain by heart. On this rainy January day, every path is muddy.

Before the first shot was fired on a single battlefield in the American Civil War, people were pulling triggers deep inside themselves. This is how civil wars always begin. Jesus knows this. That’s why he ignores armies and takes aim at human hearts. Most of us have some kind of civil war being waged within us. Sometimes the war is simply our sincere struggle to fully become the people God has made us to be.

My shoes are soaked and muddy now. I pray my soles and soul carry the spirit of this landscape with me as I leave. May I walk with others whose lives, liberties, and pursuits of happiness are not as free as my own and may I be willing to examine my own heart for the wars raging within it.

MOVING FORWARD: What civil war are you fighting? Pray for guidance.

PRAY for the Diocese of Andaman & Car Nicobar Islands (India)

Ps 111 | Deuteronomy 18:15-20 | 1 Corinthians 8:1-13 | Mark 1:21-28

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