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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for September 27, 2020

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SUNDAY, September 27                  17 Pentecost

Philippians 2:12-13 Therefore, my beloved, just as you have always obeyed me, not only in my presence, but much more now in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling; for it is God who is at work in you, enabling you both to will and to work for his good pleasure.

I can do a lot of things. But the will to do them can be harder to come by. I know how to work out, eat better, get organized, respond to emails, give frequent high-quality feedback. Sustaining the will to do things that are hard is…hard. Paul reminds us that the gifts that enable our work and the will to complete it both come from God.

When I rely on my own will, I will burn out. But when I look to the world around me, remind myself of my calling, and see God’s grace at work in the world around me, I remember that I do not strive alone. I can give myself over to the stream of God’s love and be carried by that current, following God’s will to the work I’ve been given to do.

MOVING FORWARD: Where do you go for inspiration when you need the will to do hard things?

PRAY for the Dioceses of Namirembe (Uganda), Abyei (South Sudan), and Accra (West Africa)

Ps 78:1-4,12-16 and Exodus 17:1-7 or Ps 25:1-8 and Ezekiel 18:1-4, 25-32 | Philippians 2:1-13 | Matthew 21:23-32

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