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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for December 11, 2018

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TUESDAY, December 11

Isaiah 5:13 Therefore my people go into exile without knowledge; their nobles are dying of hunger, and their multitude is parched with thirst.

Nothing good happens when we forget our stories, our deepest self-knowledge, our understanding of who we are and are called to be. When we forget why we say the words, how the stories have changed us, we lose the substance of ourselves—our muchness, as author Lewis Carroll said.

Our muchness is what heartens our own spirits and fills up the spirit of the community—the voice that proclaims, “I am because we are.” Isaiah has watched his community forget and forge and fabricate their stories. They aren’t telling them for the right reasons, and they certainly aren’t taking them to heart. Isaiah’s audience has started twisting and turning stories to suit their own desires instead of studying them—rubbing the living flesh of the stories until they cry out with abiding love of a God whose will is always better than our own.

MOVING FORWARD: How will you continue to be a faithful steward of your story and the story of God?

PRAY for the Dioceses of Kisangani and Nord Kivu (Congo)

Ps 26, 28 * 36, 39 | Isaiah 5:13-17, 24-25 | 1 Thessalonians 5:12-28 | Luke 21:29-38



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