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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for November 5, 2017

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SUNDAY, November 5      All Saints Sunday

Matthew 23:12 All who exalt themselves will be humbled, and all who humble themselves will be exalted.

American school children frequently hear that the first president was a model of self-restraint and devotion to service. I was surprised to learn that young George Washington was obsessed with personal achievement and prestige, even at the expense of other people.

Washington eventually realized that his self-absorption damaged his soul and harmed those around him. Everything changed when he devoted himself to the ideal of justice. Of course, he still had much to learn, especially on the issues of equality and slavery. But Washington’s willingness to work toward a more perfect union through self-sacrifice is one of the reasons Americans remember him today.

Jesus was appalled by the self-serving behavior of many of the religious leaders of his day. Some religious leaders used their position and status to improve their own lot in life.

Jesus teaches us to remember that we are all equal in being needy. Humility calls us to be mindful of and responsive to the needs of others as well.

MOVING FORWARD: Go to the library and pick out a book about Washington or another of America’s founders. What can we learn about them (both good and bad)?

PRAY for the Diocese of Toungoo (Myanmar)

Ps 107:1-7, 33-37 and Joshua 3:7-17 –OR– Ps 43 and Micah 3:5-12 | 1 Thessalonians 2:9-13 | Matthew 23:1-12

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