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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for November 15, 2019

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FRIDAY, November 15

1 Maccabees 1:41-42 Then the king wrote to his whole kingdom that all should be one people, and that all should give up their particular customs.

Antiochus IV Epiphanes is a ruthless tyrant, but his desire to create one people out of a diverse group who share the same real estate is not an inherently evil idea. Indeed, as we will pray on the last Sunday of Pentecost, our hope is that all of humankind will be “freed and brought together” under the “most gracious rule” of Christ the King (Collect for Proper 29, The Book of Common Prayer).

Where dictators and autocrats run off the rails is in the method of creating union. Unity doesn’t equal uniformity. The gracious rule of Christ brings together people of every race, nationality, social status, taste in music or food or drink, and a variety of politics without demanding that those personal attributes or proclivities be laid aside. We are one in Christ, even as we cherish our particular customs.

MOVING FORWARD: Where have you experienced unity without expectation of uniformity? How will you promote that type of environment in your congregation and community?

PRAY for the Dioceses of Sabah (South East Asia) and Down & Dromore (Ireland)

Ps 88 * 91, 92 | 1 Maccabees 1:41-63 | Revelation 19:11-16 | Matthew 16:13-20



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