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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for October 7, 2020

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WEDNESDAY, October 7                  Birgitta of Sweden

Luke 7:33-34 For John the Baptist has come eating no bread and drinking no wine, and you say, “He has a demon”; the Son of Man has come eating and drinking, and you say, “Look, a glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners!”

Early American evangelist Lorenzo Dow coined the phrase, “You’re damned if you do and damned if you don’t,” condemning preachers who “make the Bible clash and contradict itself.” Dow was a fascinating character who reminds me of John the Baptist. He never washed, his hair and beard never met a comb, and he traveled with a box of Bibles instead of luggage. But Dow was renowned for his spellbinding preaching and abolitionist stance, drawing immense crowds and pledging to return to the same place on exactly the same day the next year.

Jesus was also a wildly successful preacher and no doubt felt the weight of others’ condemnation. Yet he didn’t let that stop him from preaching his message and loving his neighbors, regardless of the consequences.

MOVING FORWARD: Have you ever felt like you’re in a no-win situation? How can the witness of Jesus offer you a way forward?

PRAY for the Dioceses of Nebbi (Uganda), Akoko and Akoko-Edo (both in Nigeria), and Iowa

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

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