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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for October 3, 2020

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SATURDAY, October 3                  John Raleigh Mott

Acts 22:28 The tribune answered, “It cost me a large sum of money to get my citizenship.” Paul said, “But I was born a citizen.”

Just after college, I spent two years teaching English in Seoul, South Korea. While I had traveled abroad, this was my first time to live overseas. One important thing I learned was not to take my US citizenship for granted. The privileges and power it provided were significant. I remember heatedly advocating for a female coworker because our boss had denied her time off to visit prospective in-laws—without giving her any reason. She was afraid of him, but I was angry—and I learned, when he relented, that my status really was radically different from hers.

In today’s reading from Acts, Paul took advantage of his citizenship. He didn’t do this immediately. He’d already been arrested and bound in chains and tried first to talk his way out of trouble. When his physical health was in danger, he made good use of his citizenship. It was a useful tool to avoid flogging, keep himself alive, and continue his God-given mission.

MOVING FORWARD: How do you extend your privileges to others?

PRAY for the Dioceses of Natal (South Africa) and Aguata (Nigeria)

Ps 107:33-43, 108:1-6(7-13) * 33 | Hosea 11:1-9 | Acts 22:17-29 | Luke 6:27-38

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