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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for November 30, 2019

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SATURDAY, November 30                                    Saint Andrew, Apostle

Matthew 4:18-20 As [Jesus] walked by the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon, who is called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea—for they were fishermen. And he said to them, “Follow me, and I will make you fish for people.” Immediately they left their nets and followed him.

The violin section is by far the largest cohort in a symphony orchestra, and it’s divided into two subsections: first violins and second violins. A young violinist may have to play “second fiddle” early in her or his career. Often, many career musicians have to accept demotion back to being a second violin before retirement.

John the Baptist is the star of the show for most of his career. He has disciples who follow him, including Andrew. When Jesus shows up, John accepts demotion to second fiddle, and Andrew leaves him to follow Jesus. Andrew wastes no time introducing his brother Simon to Jesus. Andrew moves to the back row with grace and understanding. Growth in discipleship means learning to be faithful, whether in the first row or as second fiddle.

MOVING FORWARD: What do you need to do in your life to be content playing second fiddle?

PRAY for the Dioceses of Sekondi (West Africa) and Eastern Michigan (The Episcopal Church)

Ps 19 or 19:1-6 | Deuteronomy 30:11-14 | Romans 10:8b-18 | Matthew 4:18-22



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