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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for November 20, 2020

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FRIDAY, November 20                           Edmund

Malachi 3:2 But who can endure the day of his coming, and who can stand when he appears? For he is like a refiner’s fire and like fullers’ soap.

Everything I know about metallurgy was taught to me during Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood or some similar children’s show. The image that is clear in my mind is of a black iron cup full of boiling metal that looked like lava being poured from one container into another using a pair of giant tongs. Whenever I hear this metallurgic metaphor of God’s purifying love, it thrills and frightens me in equal measure.

The times we live in are a kind of refiner’s fire for our faith and for our character. The tide of history has a way of clarifying the important bits of ourselves. Taking an unpopular position and sticking to it because it is the right thing to do is perhaps the most purifying fire of all. These fiery moments burn off the dross of our self-interest and worldly ambitions. They refine us into the perfect offering God has created us to be.

MOVING FORWARD: Think of a time in your life when you have felt refined by God’s fire. Share that story with someone today.

PRAY for the Dioceses of San Diego (USA) and Durham (England)

Ps 102 * 107:1-32 | Malachi 3:1-12 | James 5:7-12 | Luke 18:1-8

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