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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for February 28, 2022

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MONDAY, February 28                    Anna Julia Haywood Cooper

Philippians 2:4 Let each of you look not to your own interests, but to the interests of others.

This verse is close to my heart, as it was the guiding verse for my congregation while we carefully considered our approach to worship and fellowship during the worst months of the COVID-19 pandemic. In every decision we made, we tried to ask: How can we best look to the interests of others here? Some of us have the privilege of working from home; some of us were among the first to be vaccinated; some of us are young, healthy, and unlikely to get very sick. Each of us has a clear vision of what we would prefer. But are the decisions we would make for ourselves the same decisions we want to make when we consider the needs of the whole?

Living through the pandemic permanently changed all of us, and I am hopeful that some of those changes will be for the better. The leadership at my church now talks more than we ever did before about protecting the most vulnerable as our highest priority. I hope and pray that this principle will continue to guide us, long after COVID-19 recedes into history.

MOVING FORWARD: What does it mean to you to look to the interests of others?

PRAY for the Diocese of Kericho (Kenya)

Ps 25 * 9, 15 | Proverbs 27:1-6, 10-12 | Philippians 2:1-13 | John 18:15-18, 25-27



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