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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for December 7, 2019

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SATURDAY, December 7

Amos 5:21-22, 24 I hate, I despise your festivals, I take no delight in your solemn assemblies. Even though you offer me your burnt offerings and grain offerings, I will not accept them…But let justice roll down like waters, and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream.

Centuries after Amos proclaimed those words, Martin Luther King Jr. used them to fuel the Civil Rights Movement, calling America to repent and pursue God’s dream. Every January, we hear these words in recordings of his “I Have a Dream” speech. Amos, through King, continues to speak.

I’m grateful for this ringing reminder of what God truly wants from us: justice and righteousness, compassion and self-sacrifice. The call extends to everybody—all of us. Far beyond the clamor of partisan politics and divisions of culture and ideology is this simple message: God desires a movement of justice, mercy, and self-giving love. However beautiful our sanctuaries, however solemn our rituals, they pale in comparison to this offering. When we seek to please God—when we follow Jesus—the way is clear.

MOVING FORWARD: Read the entire lesson from Amos as well as Dr. King’s speech, “I Have a Dream.” What are they saying to you today?

PRAY for the Diocese of Edmonton (Canada)

Ps 20, 21:1-7(8-14) * 110:1-5(6-7), 116, 117 | Amos 5:18-27 | Jude 17-25 | Matthew 22:15-22

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