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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for September 11, 2021

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SATURDAY, September 11

Philippians 4:2 I urge Euodia and I urge Syntyche to be of the same mind in the Lord.

There is a current trend in the world of casual fashion of wearing t-shirts that list your favorite characters from a book or television show. I have wondered if I were to buy or design such a shirt, who would be named? And now today I know. My shirt would say, Phoebe, Junia, Priscilla, Mary Mags, Chloe, Euodia, and Syntyche. These are the women mentioned throughout the New Testament of having some leadership role, including preacher, teacher, deacon, and evangelist.

Even though I grew up in a Christian home and was very involved at church, I was well into my twenties before I realized that my love and passion for church work and the work of the church might be a calling, not just a personality tic. I can’t help but wonder if I would have seen myself in the story of God if the women of the early church had been lifted up and discussed as often as their male counterparts.

MOVING FORWARD: Today is September 11. Twenty years later, what stories are we telling about that day and its aftermath? Who were the helpers, like Euodia and Syntyche, that brought good news amid pain?

Pray for the Diocese of Etsako (Nigeria)

Ps 55 * 138, 139:1-17(18-23) | 1 Kings 18:41—19:8 | Philippians 3:17—4:7 | Matthew 3:13-17

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