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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for December 3, 2018

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MONDAY, December 3

Isaiah 1:17 Learn to do good; seek justice, rescue the oppressed, defend the orphan, plead for the widow.

God tells us exactly how to stop doing damaging things to ourselves and each other: learn how to do good things, look out to make sure the right things are happening, rescue anyone who is in danger, be loving and present to all children you come across, those known and unknown, and keep a soft place in your heart and a warm bed in your house for those who are without families to love them.

This is a simple and fairly explicit set of rubrics and until we are willing—individually and communally—to “go big or go home” in meeting them, nothing else we do really matters. The flip side of this reminder rings true as well. When we are willing to live into these postures of service, compassion, and love, the entire community can worship fully, knowing we are all here together.

MOVING FORWARD: What is standing in your way, keeping you from answering God’s call in this scripture lesson?

PRAY for the Dioceses of Kibungo and Kigeme (Rwanda)

Ps 1, 2, 3 * 4, 7 | Isaiah 1:10-20 | 1 Thessalonians 1:1-10 | Luke 20:1-8

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