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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for January 6, 2022

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THURSDAY, January 6                  Epiphany

Isaiah 60:1 Arise, shine; for your light has come, and the glory of the LORD has risen upon you.

This week is the start to a new year. It brings promise and newness. Yet we still are witness to or are living through vast divides and heaps of injustice. As I write this, some children at our borders are still separated from their parents, and some may never be reunited with them.

While God never orphans us, parents and even grandparents are essential to a life of security and intergenerational wisdom. The fight to right this wrong and repair a broken system seems never-ending, yet we are reminded on this day of the Epiphany that God became us for us through Jesus Christ. There is newness in us and for us. When our days are rife with conflict and turmoil, let us remember that God’s light shines on each of us equally. God became incarnate for all of us as we continue to fight for mercy, justice, and peace.

MOVING FORWARD: How do you hold the tension between the light of Epiphany and the ongoing struggles for justice?

Pray for the Diocese of Northern Izon (Nigeria)

Ps 72:1-7,10-14 | Isaiah 60:1-6 | Ephesians 3:1-12 | Matthew 2:1-12

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