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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for July 1, 2019

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MONDAY, July 1

Luke 22:55-57 When they had kindled a fire in the middle of the courtyard and sat down together, Peter sat among them. Then a servant-girl, seeing him in the firelight, stared at him and said, “This man also was with him.” But he denied it, saying, “Woman, I do not know him.”

I am a generational church person. I grew up going to church and youth group and was devoted to attending my local Episcopal summer camp. Church was just a part of life—not something I ever felt the need to explain to people.

When I moved from the Southeastern United States to the Pacific Northwest, I experienced being a “churchy” person in a more secular part of the country. I came to understand Peter in a whole new way. Peter’s denial that he knows Jesus falls right out of his mouth, without a second thought.

Peter makes a painfully human choice to place his immediate safety and comfort before his faith. I have learned this is easy to do. But when I risk knowing Jesus in public, the rewards are beyond my reckoning.

MOVING FORWARD: How will you confront discomfort in sharing your faith?  

PRAY for the Diocese of Otukpo (Nigeria)

Ps 106:1-18 * 106:19-48 | 1 Samuel 10:17-27 | Acts 7:44—8:1a | Luke 22:52-62

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