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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for January 5, 2018

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FRIDAY, January 5

Jonah 2:2 I called to the Lord out of my distress, and he answered me; out of the belly of Sheol I cried, and you heard my voice.

Sixteen-year-old Barbara Johns was in the belly of Jim Crow segregation, swallowed by white supremacy. “God, please help us,” she prayed in her bedroom in Prince Edward County, Virginia. “We are your children too.” Johns was distraught over the conditions she and her classmates faced at Robert R. Moton High School, where some classes took place in tar paper structures.

God answered her prayers with a plan. More than four years before the Montgomery Bus Boycott, Johns organized a student strike. Arguably the birth of the modern civil rights movement, the students’ strike was followed by legal action to end school segregation, and her action set the stage for the landmark Brown v. Board of Education decision by the U.S. Supreme Court in 1954.

Johns and her classmates helped re-shape the face of public education in America. White children and black children would study the words “all men are created equal” in the same classroom. Why must God’s children cry out so long before we hear them?

MOVING FORWARD: Read Jonah’s story this week. Notice the ways God responds to our cries for help.

PRAY for the Anglican Church in Aotearoa, New Zealand, and Polynesia

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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