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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for May 4, 2018

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FRIDAY, May 4

Acts 15:38 But Paul decided not to take with them one who had deserted them in Pamphylia and had not accompanied them in the work.

I once knew someone who responded to anyone who had annoyed him with an email saying “Unsubscribe.” While meant as a joke, this method of dismissal describes the tendency to delete, unsubscribe from, or hide people whose stories we no longer see as worth following.

It is upsetting to read about the way Paul unsubscribes from Mark. Though Paul benefits from God’s grace, he no longer wants to follow Mark’s story. Paul deletes Mark from his contact list. And since Acts follows Paul, we never get to see Mark’s next chapter.

But God sees Mark’s next steps. Ironically, the gracious God that Paul describes is one who continues to follow Mark’s story closely. The God of the gospels is especially interested in people like Mark.

MOVING FORWARD: Who have you unsubscribed from in your life? How might God be blessing their lives and ministries?

Good Book Club Reading: Acts 15:36-41

PRAY for your own diocese and congregation

Today the Church remembers Monnica, Mother of Augustine of Hippo, 387.

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