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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for February 4, 2021

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THURSDAY, February 4                  Cornelius the Centurion

Isaiah 55:11 So shall my word be that goes out from my mouth; it shall not return to me empty, but it shall accomplish that which I purpose, and succeed in the thing for which I sent it.

One of my former special needs students, now a friend, sometimes calls and asks me to take her places. WWF wrestling? No, I am not a fan. Roller derby? Yes, I enjoy it as much as she does. Biker church? Maybe.

My friend is fascinated with motorcycles and bikers. So when she asked me to take her to a “biker church,” I parked my minivan next to a row of Harleys and entered the clapboard building with peeling paint. I must have looked pretty out of place, one middle-aged soccer mom amid all the leather and tattoos.

The church’s primary ministry was to recovering addicts. As I sat on a folding chair among the congregation, I heard the gospel preached. I saw people respond with love and gratitude for the message and for one another. I heard them sing praises to God. And I gave thanks for this community and the ties of faith that bind us together, despite our differences.

MOVING FORWARD: When was the last time you worshiped with people who didn’t look like you? Make plans to praise God in an unfamiliar setting.

PRAY for the Diocese of Amichi (Nigeria)

Ps [70], 71 * 74 | Isaiah 55:1-13 | Galatians 5:1-15 | Mark 8:27—9:1

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