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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for December 6, 2017

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WEDNESDAY, December 6

2 Peter 3:3-4 First of all you must understand this, that in the last days scoffers will come, scoffing and indulging their own lusts and saying, “Where is the promise of his coming? For ever since our ancestors died, all things continue as they were from the beginning of creation!”

Today our friend Peter talks about the struggle of staying faithful and patient when it seems like our hard work is for naught and nothing is changing in the world around us. I’d like to pretend that I don’t understand this feeling, but I can’t lie—I’m a person who will commit wholeheartedly to a workout routine and promptly trash it when I don’t drop four pant sizes in the first week. I’m the one Peter is talking about, the one who says, “Are we really sure the kingdom of God is near? Because I’ve been here for almost forty years, and I still see some awful human behavior nearly everywhere I look.”

Peter tells us that God is not being deliberately slow but rather giving everyone time to repent and find their way. Isn’t that a lovely thought? It’s not about frustrating those of us who want everything to have been fixed yesterday but about giving us all the time we need to get it right. Peter encourages us to stay strong, remembering that God is always faithful to God’s promises.

MOVING FORWARD: How can you offer the gift of time to someone today?

PRAY for the Diocese of Western Izon (Nigeria)

Today the Church remembers Nicholas, Bishop of Myra, c. 342.

Ps 119:1-24 * 12, 13, 14 | Amos 3:12—4:5 | 2 Peter 3:1-10 | Matthew 21:23-32



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