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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for November 24, 2015

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TUESDAY, November 24

1 Peter 1:15-16 Instead, as he who called you is holy, be holy yourselves in all your conduct; for it is written, “You shall be holy, for I am holy.”

One of my favorite musicals is Les Miserables. At the beginning, Jean Valjean has just been released from prison and is finding life on the outside to be very difficult. He is taken in by a bishop who feeds him and gives him a place to sleep. Jean Valjean betrays the bishop’s kindness and steals away in the night with his silver, only to be caught and brought back in the morning. The bishop corroborates Valjean’s story that the silver was a gift, and the police leave. The bishop tells Valjean that the silver has bought his life, and he must use it to become an honest man.

In the briefest of terms, to be “holy” means to be “set apart.” We are called by God to be set apart from the rest. We are different.

Jesus has bought our lives with his, and because of that we are called to be set apart, just as Valjean was with the stolen silver. Are we holy in all we do? Are we living like ones who are set apart?

PRAY for the Diocese of Washington (Province III, The Episcopal Church)

Ps [120], 121, 122, 123 * 124, 125, 126, [127]; Nahum 1:1-13; 1 Peter 1:13-25; Matthew 19:13-22

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