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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for November 20, 2021

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SATURDAY, November 20                  Edmund

Matthew 18:33-35 “Should you not have had mercy on your fellow slave, as I had mercy on you?” And in anger his lord handed him over to be tortured until he would pay his entire debt. So my heavenly Father will also do to every one of you, if you do not forgive your brother or sister from your heart.

My dad told a story about how one of his old relatives, who I will call Blind Man, sought out another man to exact vengeance. The other man had publicly shamed him, and it must have been bad because Blind Man planned to shoot him. He decided to wait somewhere along the trail that his foe took to go home on certain nights. As Blind Man waited in the dark with his loaded gun, the man never showed up. Blind Man eventually gave up and went home. He never did have his revenge, and my dad didn’t know if the conflict was ever resolved.

I wonder if Blind Man lived with unforgiveness in his heart. I like to think that Blind Man came to see that the other man’s absence that night was an act of God and accepted that all was well between him and the man who shamed him.

MOVING FORWARD: Turn over to God any desires for vengeance.

PRAY for the Diocese of Idaban (Nigeria)

Ps 107:33-43, 108:1-6(7-13) * 33 | Isaiah 65:17-25 | Revelation 22:14-21 | Matthew 18:21-35

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