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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for January 3, 2016

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SUNDAY, January 3     2 Christmas

Ephesians 1:17 I pray that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you a spirit of wisdom and revelation as you come to know him.

I’ve been the sounding board who listens and offers advice, tries to offer a little perspective on the problem, a little wisdom and love. And at times, I’ve been that person talking in circles, seeking comfort and clarity.

I don’t believe wisdom is the same as knowledge. Rather, wisdom is a willingness to be led by “a starry flame through the night” (Wisdom of Solomon 10:17)without being attached to any particular solution. Wisdom is perhaps the opposite of pride—the delusion that we have all the answers and know exactly where we need to go. Wisdom, instead, is openness to wherever the path might lead and empathy for the struggles and anxieties of other people who are trying to figure out life, right alongside us.

Sometimes I can be wise—empathetic and compassionate. Sometimes I am too wrapped up in my problems and fears, and I must lean on those who love me to help me follow wisdom’s starry flame as it guides me along the roads I travel.

PRAY for the Diocese of Aba Ngwa North (Niger Delta, Nigeria)

Ps 84 or 84:1-8; Jeremiah 31:7-14; Ephesians 1:3-6, 15-19a; Matthew 2:13-15, 19-23 or Luke 2:41-52 or Matthew 2:1-12



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