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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for October 5, 2022

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WEDNESDAY, October 5

Micah 2:12 I will surely gather all of you, O Jacob, I will gather the survivors of Israel; I will set them together like sheep in a fold, like a flock in its pasture; it will resound with people.

Today, with so many people on the move because of wars and political turmoil, climate extremes, lack of economic opportunities, religious intolerance, persecution, injustice, and more, these lines from Micah offer some hope. The litany of societal wrongs in biblical times—evil deeds, jealousy, theft, oppression, bitterness—are familiar to us today. And our hope, like theirs, is certainly in the Lord.

Setting today’s refugees, asylum seekers, and migrants “like sheep in a fold” calls on us to enact God’s saving hope for his people, to be the light in the darkness. Like the survivors of Israel, these flocks need pastures where they can flourish and resound. What might this look like? Temporary shelter in unused safe spaces? Community meals after Sunday services? Regular clothing drives? Invitations to join us at a community, club, or social meetings? We can start with small acts, but the key is that we start. 

MOVING FORWARD: Do you know about the work of Episcopal Migration Ministries? Research and explore how you might help.

PRAY for the Diocese of Nagpur (India)

Today the Church remembers .

Ps 119:145-176 * 128, 129, 130 | Micah 2:1-13 | Acts 23:23-35 | Luke 7:18-35

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