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THURSDAY, October 6 WILLIAM TYNDALE, Priest, 1536
Psalm 131:1-2 O Lord, I am not proud; I have no haughty looks. I do not occupy myself with great matters or with things that are too hard for me.
For the past several years I’ve researched my and my wife’s family histories, discovering and documenting lives, relationships, high points of success, and very low points of slavery, poverty, and medical distress. Common threads weaving through these African American experiences are humility, hard work, interdependence of family and neighbors, and the search for a safer, more rewarding life for children and grandchildren.
There doesn’t seem to have been the space, most times, to occupy themselves with “great matters” though things that were hard seemed to have been the regular pattern of many lives. What becomes clearer and clearer to me as I research these lives is that the Lord walks with us through very difficult times with seemingly no end to the troubles we’re facing.
Jesus makes the point of eating with sinners because we’re all sinners. No need for pride or haughty looks; just faith in our loving Lord.
MOVING FORWARD: What are the patterns of faith and life in your family history? Do some research or talk to your elders to learn more.