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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for October 12, 2020

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MONDAY, October 12                           Edith Cavell

Micah 7:3 Their hands are skilled to do evil; the official and the judge ask for a bribe, and the powerful dictate what they desire; thus they pervert justice.

We learn about the abuse of power early. Playground bullies and manipulative childhood acquaintances use others’ relative weakness and gullibility for their gain. As adults, we learn there are always unspoken expectations underlying every request, appeal, arrangement, and judgment we make.

As Christians, we believe life is not supposed to operate like this. However, as a society, we fail to execute justice, again and again—on our own behalf and on behalf of others.

Micah’s message echoes across the ages because he believed that God’s justice is timeless and always being brought forth. Micah’s condemnation was clearly countercultural, yet he persisted—as we should today—because he believed that God’s justice would eventually prevail.

MOVING FORWARD: When have you succeeded in executing justice and using power well?

PRAY for Dioceses of New Busa (Nigeria), Alaska, and Albany

Ps 1,2,3, * 4, 7 | Micah 7:1-7 | Acts 26:1-23 | Luke 8:26-39

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