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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for January 5, 2016

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TUESDAY, January 5

Ephesians 6:15 As shoes for your feet put on whatever will make you ready to proclaim the gospel of peace.

When I hear the word “peace,” I often imagine a quiet, still lake somewhere in the mountains, undisturbed by people. We have an innate tendency to confuse peace with stillness. Nature is peaceful, we say, or home is peaceful. But neither of these places is necessarily still.

Nature is not always tranquil—many creatures live, hunt, and die in nature. Even the earth itself erupts at times. Likewise, we grow and change—we work, sleep, and play. Peace is not the same as tranquility. Peace does indeed encompass (and actually requires) movement and change.

In fact, stillness can foster separation and division. If you are part of just about any discussion about the health and life of the Church, you’ll hear talk about how our churches are segregated—by race, by income, by political affiliation. To achieve peace, we need to form more relationships and break through barriers.This requires movement. We better put some shoes on our feet because we have a gospel of peace to proclaim.

PRAY for the Diocese of Aberdeen and Orkney (Scotland)

Ps 2, 110:1-5(6-7) * 29, 98; Jonah 2:2-9; Ephesians 6:10-20; John 11:17-27, 38-44



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