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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for January 17, 2022

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MONDAY, January 17                  Antony of Egypt

Genesis 8:17 Bring out with you every living thing that is with you of all flesh—birds and animals and every creeping thing that creeps on the earth—so that they may abound on the earth, and be fruitful and multiply on the earth.

God not only liberates and loves people but also animals. They, too, are a part of our greater family.

Scripture records their creation—the birds and animals and even the creeping things. And not only are they named in scripture, but also God is clear that these living things should be fruitful and multiply. In Romans 8:21, we hear an echo of this liberating love of God the Creator: “that the creation itself will be set free from its bondage to decay and will obtain the freedom of the glory of the children of God.”

What is our role in helping this happen? We can look to the story of Noah as an example. God wanted the animals to abound upon the earth and called upon Noah and his wife to make this happen. This legacy and responsibility to care for all of creation is passed through the centuries to us today. Every living thing is special. God made it so—and asks us to act in ways that reflect this truth.

MOVING FORWARD: Consider a donation to a local animal shelter.

Pray for the Diocese of Johannesburg (Southern Africa)

Ps 25 * 9, 15 | Genesis 8:6-22 | Hebrews 4:14—5:6 | John 2:23—3:15

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