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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for November 26, 2021

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FRIDAY, November 26

Psalm 140:12 I know that the LORD will maintain the cause of the poor and render justice to the needy.

Most of my relatives live on the Pine Ridge Reservation in western South Dakota. We are Oglala Lakotas. Around 1983, my parents moved back to the reservation after accepting a call to a new ministry. What was clear then was the extreme poverty: the area always made the top five list of being among the United States’ poorest counties. The other counties on the list were the other reservations in South Dakota.

It is approaching forty years now since my parents moved back there to work, and extreme poverty has been constant. I can only pray that one day this will no longer be the case. When I read this psalm, I am assured that the Lord is with us, even amidst such need. But God also calls others to assist in that work. Where are the helpers? In a rich country such as the United States, should poverty even exist?

MOVING FORWARD: How will you be the hands and feet of Christ today?

PRAY for the Diocese of Idaho (The Episcopal Church)

Ps 140, 142 * 141, 143:1-11(12) | Isaiah 24:14-23 | 1 Peter 3:13—4:6 | Matthew 20:17-28

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