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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for January 26, 2020

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SUNDAY, January 26                           3 Epiphany

1 Corinthians 1:10 Now I appeal to you, brothers and sisters, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you be in agreement and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be united in the same mind and the same purpose.

Depending on which list you read, Christianity includes more than 33,000 denominations. However you slice it, Christianity is a pretty divided body.

If we focus on our differences, we easily lose sight of our shared life of faith. Even within the same denomination, we can quickly become mired in differences of liturgy and doctrine and see only the fractures we have created.

My prayer is that we learn to love each other well and to focus on the great truth we all share: the Good News of God in Christ, that the blind see, the deaf hear, the lame walk, and the dead live. When we focus on that which binds us together, we see a unified body far greater than any perceived division.

GIVING BACK: The holiday rush of donations to food banks is over. Take some rice and beans to your local pantry.

PRAY for the Diocese of Hpa-an (Myanmar)

Ps 27:1,5-13 | Isaiah 9:1-4 | 1 Corinthians 1:10-18 | Matthew 4:12-23

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