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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for November 18, 2021

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THURSDAY, November 18                  Hilda of Whitby

Matthew 18:4 Whoever becomes humble like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.

Wah’wala or humility is one of the seven virtues of the Lakota. To be wah’wala means you never speak highly of yourself and you always put others first without seeking recognition. Many of the past leaders of the Oglala Lakota were wah’wala. Though some had their detractors at the time, they are remembered and talked about with good words today.

One of my elders tells the story about a past tribal president who helped an elderly couple who had run of gas and were sitting way out in the countryside. The tribal president siphoned gas out of his truck and put it into the elderly couple’s car. They eventually made it home. This is a man who always helped out his people—and never bragged about it.

Sometimes I wonder what my ancestors, the first Lakota Christians, thought when they heard the teaching of Jesus for the first time. Did the stories and verses resonate within them, and did they readily agree with Jesus?

MOVING FORWARD: Do you act with wah’wala, or do you seek recognition?

PRAY for the Diocese of Huron (Canada)

Ps 105:1-22 * 105:23-45 | 1 Maccabees 4:1-25 | Revelation 21:22—22:5 | Matthew 18:1-9

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