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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for May 28, 2021

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FRIDAY, May 28                  Ember Day

Deuteronomy 5:4 The LORD spoke with you face to face at the mountain, out of the fire.

I spoke with God when I was in my first position as a church music director. I was a young black woman dropped into a community of people I feared—mostly rich, mostly white people—and responsible for shaping the musical experience at one of the church services. Normally, a worship band led the music instead of a traditional choir, but on certain Sundays and holidays, we combined the services and music.

For this joint service, I was in charge of picking the offertory music. I chose “If You’re Out There” by John Legend. The lyrics beg us to fight for peace and to strengthen ourselves and others with love. I sang it in the faces of 400 white people who I believed would have no idea what I was really singing about: my tiny black presence against their huge white power. But there was purity in their listening that could only be God, and there was demand in my singing that could only be God. In this conversation amongst us all, I spoke with the Lord.

MOVING FORWARD: Make plans to have a difficult conversation that you’ve been putting off. Pray to God for strength and courage.

PRAY for the Diocese of the Central Gulf Coast (USA)

Ps 31 * 35 | Deuteronomy 5:1-22 | 2 Corinthians 4:1-12 | Luke 16:10-17 (18)



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