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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for July 25, 2020

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SATURDAY, July 25                           James

Matthew 20:20-21 Then the mother of the sons of Zebedee came to [Jesus] with her sons, and kneeling before him, she asked a favor of him. And he said to her, “What do you want?” She said to him, “Declare that these two sons of mine will sit, one at your right hand and one at your left, in your kingdom.”

James and John, the sons of Zebedee—called Boanerges by Jesus, meaning the sons of thunder—are among the first followers of Jesus. James is the first apostle to die, and John is known to us as the one Jesus loves. But do they really imagine they'll have the strength to follow after Jesus—the whole way?

I imagine their zeal and confidence are born of lives lived close to the line between just enough and too little. Their mother has the courage to ask if her sons can sit at Jesus' left and right hand one day. In this moment, she seems to see her sons’ total commitment to Jesus. She asks Jesus to see what she sees—the very best things about her sons, their tenacity and fierce tenderness in sharing Jesus’ love with the world.

MOVING FORWARD: How will you name and celebrate the gifts exhibited in others today?

PRAY for the Church of England

Today the Church remembers Saint James the Apostle.

Ps 7:1-10 | Jeremiah 45:1-5 | Acts 11:27—12:3 | Matthew 20:20-28

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