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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for September 10, 2021

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FRIDAY, September 10                   Alexander Crummell

1 Kings 18:30 Then Elijah said to all the people, “Come near to me”; and all the people came closer to him. First he repaired the altar of the LORD that had been thrown down.

As we read today’s passage from 1 Kings, we once again find the people of Israel in a pickle. They are waffling. Who will they serve? Baal or God? And Elijah is there, trying to set forth a path to help the people of God remember who and whose they are.

As the mother of young adults, I feel some solidarity with Elijah. He is tired. He is worn out. He has walked through one too many identity crises with these people. He has watched them make a mess and refuse help. And yet.

When I read the verses of 1 Kings, the tenderness and steadfastness of Elijah blow me away. Come near to me. Let’s repair this and start again. What an incarnational representation of the love of God!

Through the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus, this invitation lives today. We are all invited to come near to God, to repair and begin again. It is an invitation that I need to accept daily and an invitation that I need to offer—to my children and to the world.

MOVING FORWARD: What do you need to repair today and start again?

Pray for the Diocese of Etche (Nigeria)

Ps 40, 54 * 51 | 1 Kings 18:20-40 | Philippians 3:1-16 | Matthew 3:1-12

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