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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for June 21, 2021

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MONDAY, June 21

Luke 21:29-31 Then he told them a parable: “Look at the fig tree and all the trees; as soon as they sprout leaves you can see for yourselves and know that summer is already near. So also, when you see these things taking place, you know that the kingdom of God is near.”

In this part of Luke, Jesus reveals that things are changing and will continue to change.

The phrase “the already but not yet” has been used to describe this dual existence of the kingdom: it’s here already, and it is to come. I was raised in perfect ignorance of the “already” part, thinking that God’s kingdom is far off in a somewhat scary future. The good news is that it’s also here—now.

When my wife’s phone alarm clock goes off tomorrow morning (for some unknown reason her alarm tone is the sound of ducks quacking), I will get up knowing that she and I can resolve to do something to help build God’s kingdom, even if it’s simply helping a neighbor or donating to a food pantry. Maybe those ducks are as excited as I am at this opportunity.

MOVING FORWARD: What will you do today to build the kingdom of God? Share it with us at #ForwardDaybyDay.

PRAY for the Diocese of Colombo (Sri Lanka)

Ps 89:1-18 * 89:19-52 | 1 Samuel 5:1-12 | Acts 5:12-26 | Luke 21:29-36



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