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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for November 17, 2019

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SUNDAY, November 17                           23 Pentecost

Luke 21:19 By your endurance you will gain your souls.

Before offering these words of hope about endurance, Jesus warns his listeners of a time when there will be “wars and insurrections” and all manner of natural disasters.

This really gets the conversation going, and Jesus takes the opportunity to explain that things will definitely get worse before they get better. It is a terrifying prospect, especially since we don’t have to look too deeply past the headlines these days to feel like we’re living the fulfillment of Jesus’ prophecy. We may even wish there were a pill we could take that would put us to sleep until it’s all over.

Jesus’ word of hope is profoundly welcome. Jesus is saying, Hang in there. I will meet your needs as they arise. Not before they arise, but as they arise. Trust me. Be faithful. Your perseverance will be rewarded. And, believe me, what’s coming is well worth waiting for!

MOVING FORWARD: Give the news a break…don’t turn on your television after you finish your quiet time today.

PRAY for the Spanish Episcopal Reformed Church

Canticle 9 or Ps 98 | Isaiah 65:17-25 or Malachi 4:1-2a | 2 Thessalonians 3:6-13 | Luke 21:5-19



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