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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for January 18, 2022

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TUESDAY, January 18                  Confession of Saint Peter

Psalm 23:5 You spread a table before me in the presence of those who trouble me; you have anointed my head with oil, and my cup is running over.

Have you ever been denied a seat at the table? Maybe you took the hint that you were not welcome and stayed away—or maybe you took a seat at the table anyway. Not everyone wants us at the table, especially if our thoughts and opinions are unwelcome or make people uncomfortable.

Yet God is always building bigger tables and welcoming the presence of enemies, strangers, and us. God is preparing space for conversations to take place, among friends and particularly with our enemies and those who trouble us. When we enter into this conversation, invited or not, we help close the gap of “otherness.” We move from the divisions of this earth to experiencing the kingdom of God.

MOVING FORWARD: Invite someone new to your table—literally and figuratively.

Pray for the Diocese of Jos (Nigeria)

Ps 23 | Acts 4:8-13 | 1 Peter 5:1-4 | Matthew 16:13-19



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