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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for October 3, 2017

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TUESDAY, October 3

2 Chronicles 30:18-19 For a multitude of the people, many of them from Ephraim, Manasseh, Issachar, and Zebulun, had not cleansed themselves, yet they ate the passover otherwise than as prescribed. But Hezekiah prayed for them, saying, “The good Lord pardon all who set their hearts to seek God, the Lord the God of their ancestors, even though not in accordance with the sanctuary’s rules of cleanness.”

The reign of the good king Hezekiah is something of a Great Awakening in Israel. Following the reign of Ahaz, Hezekiah has a lot of cleaning up to do. He starts with the temple. Then, Hezekiah sends word to the tribes of Israel—even to the fragmented northern kingdom—and urges them to celebrate Passover together in Jerusalem.

In the variety of responses to this invitation, we glimpse what might happen in our own lives if we summon the gumption to invite strangers to worship with us. Some may scoff, suspicious of our motives. Others might be overjoyed but underprepared. Hezekiah sets an example for us by extending grace to the unprepared, so that the whole congregation might be healed and made one.

MOVING FORWARD: How might you reach out to a stranger during your worship time this week and make the person feel like a needed part of the family?

PRAY for the Dioceses of Southwark, Southwark-Croyden, Southwark-Kingston, and Southwark-Woolwich (England)

Ps 97, 99, [100] * 94, [95] | 2 Chronicles 29:1-3 & 30:1(2-9)10-27 1 Corinthians 7:32-40 | Matthew 7:1-12

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