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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for January 8, 2018

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MONDAY, January 8

John 1:5 The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it.

Public schools reopened in Prince Edward County in 1964, but it was too late for many children. Their educational opportunities were gone. Many suffered the wounds of racism and still bear the scars today.

But people in the community have begun lighting the way for a journey of healing and reconciliation. The state legislature created a scholarship fund for those locked out of school as children. In 2004, the Brown Scholarships became the first Civil Rights-era reparation in U.S. history. Nearly 250 casualties of Massive Resistance have been served by the program.

Atop the same courthouse where the decision was made to close schools rather than integrate, Prince Edward County now shines a Light of Reconciliation. The Light honors Barbara Johns and apologizes for the closing of schools: “We grieve for the…barricaded dreams of our children…for all wounds, known and unknown.” The arc of Prince Edward County’s story is a parable of hope for any nation, family, or soul divided in darkness. We shall overcome.

MOVING FORWARD: Offer a word of thanks for the reconcilers in your life and community.

PRAY for the Diocese of Adelaide (Australia)

Today the Church remembers Harriet Bedell, Deaconess and Missionary, 1969.

Ps 1, 2, 3 * 4, 7 | Genesis 2:4-9(10-15)16-25 | Hebrews 1:1-14 | John 1:1-18

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