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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for December 6, 2021

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MONDAY, December 6                  Nicholas of Myra

Revelation 1:8 “I am the Alpha and the Omega,” says the Lord God, who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty.

During college, I worked summers at a Christian camp. It was a place I called home; I embraced its traditions, and its traditions embraced me. I sang its praises to anyone who would listen, and given the chance, I (quite literally) sang the camp praise songs deeply engrained in my soul.

One year, however, a director decided to buck tradition. Instead of letting the camp staff run with old song favorites, she hired a former Disney songwriter and choreographer to teach us a new song called, “The Alpha and Omega.” She thought it would take us to the next level of performance and expertise; we thought it would be the beginning of our ruin, the destruction of everything good.

In the end, our dramatic, adolescent selves won the fight—after all, when we threatened to overturn wooden picnic tables and leave, she couldn’t viably operate a camp by herself. But nearly twenty-five years later, I can still sing every word of that horrendous, unforgettable song, and I realize that she may have won the battle in the end.

MOVING FORWARD: Is there a piece of scripture firmly written on your heart? Take a minute to write it down and sit with the memory of how it came to be.

PRAY for the Diocese of Ihiala (Nigeria)

Ps 25 * 9, 15 | Amos 7:1-9 | Revelation 1:1-8 | Matthew 22:23-33

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