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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for November 28, 2017

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TUESDAY, November 28

1 Peter 1:15-16 Instead, as he who called you is holy, be holy yourselves in all your conduct; for it is written, “You shall be holy, for I am holy.”

One of my seminary professors said something like this: “I used to be perfect, and I felt miserable all the time. Then I went to therapy. Now I’m a mess, but I’m really happy.” Hearing those words from a person I deeply respected felt like lifting a brick off my head. I realized that my teacher was telling us about the essence of the good news of Jesus.

Jesus did not come to raise or lower the moral bar of God’s approval. The good news says over and over that God comes into our lives in the person of Jesus and that from that manifestation of love, our lives and the life of the world will never be the same.

God isn’t waiting around, drumming divine fingers until we become perfect. In Jesus, God is out to make us holy and whole simply by showing up. Holy people aren’t perfect—they still lose their tempers or feel impatient or eat a whole box of Oreos to numb hurt or sorrow. But this God of love and wholeness and holiness is at work in them. And it shows, especially through the cracked places in their hearts and lives.

MOVING FORWARD: How has God called you to be whole and holy in your life and community?

PRAY for the Diocese of Wangaratta (Australia)

Today the Church remembers Kamehameha and Emma, King and Queen of Hawaii, 1864, 1885.

Ps [120], 121, 122, 123 * 124, 125, 126, [127] | Nahum 1:1-13 | 1 Peter 1:13-25 | Matthew 19:13-22



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