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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for February 5, 2020

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WEDNESDAY, February 5         The Martyrs of Japan

Genesis 22:13 And Abraham looked up and saw a ram, caught in a thicket by its horns. Abraham went and took the ram and offered it up as a burnt offering instead of his son.

Abraham hears a call to sacrifice his son, and he believes this call is from God. Abraham has an unshakable faith and knows God will always provide for him and his family. Abraham listens deeply, pausing each step of the way to Moriah to ask: Really, God? Are you sure this is what you want me to do? Okay. And God does provide for Abraham—against all odds and for the love of a beloved child.

When our relationship to God remains open and dynamic, we will have ears to hear new directions and eyes to see visions that give us compassion, love, and a desire to participate in the saving of lives. Once Abraham listens deeply, he sees solutions and blessings that he would have otherwise missed. Can you imagine the overflowing love of God in that moment—and the relief of Abraham and Isaac?

MOVING FORWARD: Have you ever been surprised by or reluctant to respond to God’s call? How might you tap into the strength and courage exhibited by Abraham?

PRAY for The Church in the Province of the West Indies

Today the Church remembers The Martyrs of Japan, 1597.

Ps 72 * 119:73-96 | Genesis 22:1-18 | Hebrews 11:23-31 | John 6:52-59

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