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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for May 11, 2020

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MONDAY, May 11

Matthew 6:1 Beware of practicing your piety before others in order to be seen by them.

On my birthday, I hoped the lectionary would give me some sweet passage, the kind that turned easily into a Hallmark card or inspirational meme. Instead, we start with atonement sacrifices in Leviticus and end with this stern warning against swagger and preening in Matthew.

As a child, I learned the books of the Bible in exchange for gold stars and a lilac bookmark. As an adult, I still enjoy a reward (or at least acknowledgment) for a job well done. Don’t we all?

Perhaps there’s little wonder that I am called to sit with this verse and discern my way through it. Often I find comfort and hope in scripture but today reminds me that there is also challenge. Sometimes scripture should make us squirm, especially when it lays bare places that need new growth.

God always knows what I need to hear—even if I don’t want to listen.

MOVING FORWARD: When has scripture laid something in you bare? What steps did you take to work on those areas?

PRAY for the Diocese of Lafia (Nigeria)

Ps 56, 57, [58] * 64, 65 | Leviticus 16:1-19 | 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 | Matthew 6:1-6,16-18



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