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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for September 2, 2019

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MONDAY, September 2

Psalm 25:1 To you, O Lord, I lift up my soul; my God, I put my trust in you; let me not be humiliated, nor let my enemies triumph over me.

I’ve never wanted to be a martyr—who would? Yet I remember looking around in chapel one day during seminary and seeing a plaque honoring a former student who was martyred in New Guinea during World War II. How different were we, really? Two students separated only by time. Was he an idealistic young man excited to be serving Christ in a faraway place, only to find himself in the middle of a horrific war? Where did he find the faith to be resolute to the end? I ask myself: How much faith would I muster on the stumbling path to martyrdom? Would I need more than a mustard seed of faith to trust God then?

Perhaps, though, I have it backwards—that my trust in God is less important than God’s trust in me. Isn’t Christ’s willingness to take up the cross already a testament to that trust? Isn’t the gift of the Holy Spirit, entrusted to us failing humans, proof enough of Christ’s promise to be with us always, even to the end of the ages?

MOVING FORWARD: Research the martyrs of New Guinea. In your prayers today, give thanks for their courageous witness.

PRAY for the Diocese of Singapore (South East Asia)

Ps 25 * 9, 15 | 2 Chronicles 6:32—7:7 | James 2:1-13 | Mark 14:53-65

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