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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for December 13, 2019

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FRIDAY, December 13

Matthew 23:37 Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the city that kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to it! How often have I desired to gather your children together as a hen gathers her brood under her wings, and you were not willing!

There is an old story about a henhouse that burns to the ground. In the ashes, the farmer discovers the charred body of a mother hen. When he lifts her remains, he is surprised to discover the chicks still underneath her, warm but unscathed. This is what a mother hen does. She calls her young to draw near and shelters them with herself, defenseless in the face of predators or natural disaster. A mother hen will die for love of her chicks.

Jesus is like that mother hen: selfless, defenseless, giving everything. He calls out in his longing to gather us, like the hen who clucks and gathers her brood under her wings. He is willing to—and does—pay the highest price for love of us. Thanks be to God.

MOVING FORWARD: Snuggle up with one of your beloveds today. Enjoy being quiet and safe together.

PRAY for the Dioceses of Ekiti—Kwara, Oke, West (all in Nigeria)

Ps 31 * 35 | Haggai 1:1-15 | Revelation 2:18-29 | Matthew 23:27-39

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