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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for July 28, 2022

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THURSDAY, July 28
[Johann Sebastian Bach]

Acts 1:16b Friends, the scripture had to be fulfilled, which the Holy Spirit through David foretold concerning Judas.

How striking that between the Great Commission, the Ascension, and Pentecost is this more personal interlude among the disciples. They wonder: who will pick up the work Judas left behind? And between the lines, I read another question: how does any community heal after a profound betrayal of trust?

Judas, after all, had been there every step of the way. His name is so synonymous with betrayal that I often forget to insert him into all of those stories. He was in the boat watching Peter step out onto the waves. He saw those few fish and loaves feed a multitude. He healed and prayed and taught right alongside his friends.

To call a new member into the work of the apostles was a small act of bravery—and healing. Just as they had prayed alongside their former friend, they gathered in prayer again, trusting the Holy Spirit to guide their discernment into a new relationship. Some of the hurt caused by Judas would doubtless remain, but this growing community of the resurrection trusted that new life was ahead.

MOVING FORWARD: Pray for the healing of a broken relationship.

PRAY for the Diocese of Masvingo (South Africa)

Ps [70], 71 * 74 | Judges 4:4-23 | Acts 1:15-26 | Matthew 27:55-66

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