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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for November 27, 2020

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FRIDAY, November 27

Luke 19:30-31 Go into the village ahead of you, and as you enter it, you will find tied there a colt that has never been ridden. Untie it and bring it here. If anyone asks you, “Why are you untying the colt?” just say this: “The Lord needs it.”

Frank Wade, a professor of preaching and an Episcopal priest, encourages his students to be as creative as possible in imagining the characters that we don’t get to hear in the Bible. What if there was a girl in another village who couldn’t quite manage the “yes” that Mary offered to God’s plan? I wonder what the rest of her life was like.

What if there was another village between the disciples and Jerusalem and another unridden colt? What if the owners wanted a better reason than “the Lord needs it”? Did that farmer later hear of the triumphant king who entered the holy city to a chorus of hosannas—on someone else’s colt? Maybe the farmer heard of Jesus’ crucifixion and wondered what sort of sticky situation he had dodged? Or did he hear of the resurrection and dream about what might have happened if he had said “yes”?

MOVING FORWARD: What is God asking you to do for Jesus today? How will you answer?

PRAY for the Dioceses of Saskatoon (Canada) and the Eastern Himalayas (India and Bhutan)

Ps 140, 142 * 141, 143:1-11(12) | Zechariah 14:1-11 | Romans 15:7-13 | Luke 19:28-40

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