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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for September 19, 2021

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SUNDAY, September 19                  17 Pentecost

James 3:13b Show by your good life that your works are done with gentleness born of wisdom.

Shortly after we moved onto our farm in late fall, anything that was alive—grass, trees, birds in the air, turtles in the pond—went into winter mode. With spring came the return of full trees, green grass, and singing birds—along with hundreds of yellow daffodils. Planted years prior by the previous owners, these perennials popped up all over the farm.

Presiding Bishop Michael Curry says the opposite of love isn’t hate but selfishness. Today’s reading from James speaks to this truth. We live in a time that gives attention to voices and things that are loud and fast, flashy and controversial. Yet none of these are signs of true wisdom. Instead, good and righteous wisdom born of God is “pure, then peaceable, gentle, willing to yield, full of mercy and good fruits, without a trace of partiality or hypocrisy.” This kind of wisdom isn’t always what the world rewards, but it is rooted in love instead of selfishness. It is the kind of wisdom that lasts and blooms over and over. Like daffodils.

MOVING FORWARD: How can you plant true wisdom in your life?

Pray for the Province of Uganda

Ps 1 or 54 | Proverbs 31:10-31 or Wisdom 1:16—2:1, 12-22 or Jeremiah 11:18-20 | James 3:13—4:3, 7-8a | Mark 9:30-37

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