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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for May 6, 2018

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SUNDAY, May 6     6 Easter

Acts 16:16-17 One day, as we were going to the place of prayer, we met a slave girl who had a spirit of divination and brought her owners a great deal of money by fortune-telling. While she followed Paul and us, she would cry out, “These men are slaves of the Most High God, who proclaim to you a way of salvation.”

The chains of the Roman Empire clank and clatter throughout this passage. We hear of an enslaved woman, her greedy owners’ money-making scheme, of Paul’s imprisonment, and of how the prison guard readies himself to commit suicide upon discovering the prison doors ajar. We also hear the woman describe Paul in terms that she and millions of slaves in the Roman Empire would have understood—they are fellow slaves, albeit they have very different owners.

Paul’s owner—the Most High God—disrupts the greedy masters’ money-making scheme. Paul’s owner opens the doors of the cell and stays the hand of the guard before he can kill himself. Being bathed in grace and mercy, held captive by love and surrendering to the Lover of Souls is not slavery at all but rather the best kind of freedom we could ask for or imagine.

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Good Book Club Reading: Acts 16:16-40

PRAY for the Diocese of the Central Solomons

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