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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for August 7, 2022

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SUNDAY, August 7
[9 Pentecost/John Mason Neale]

Luke 12:35-36a Be dressed for action and have your lamps lit; be like those who are waiting for their master to return from the wedding banquet.

“Be dressed for action and have your lamps lit.” That’s good advice, I thought, as I got ready for a festive dinner. We had a grand feast—appetizers, salads, and entrées, all followed by a flaming dessert. Once home, I reached for a magazine to relax before bed.

The cover featured a child in a refugee camp. He was lying on his back, his legs as thin as saplings. His beautiful skin clothed him so tightly that you could count his ribs, every single one. And his eyes, eyes that should have gazed with bright curiosity, were shut, a treasury of ideas and imagination lost to the world.

What kind of meal did he have, I thought? Which one of us is dressed for action, ready to open the door to welcome in Jesus? I thought of my dinner and prayed for forgiveness. I vowed, through my tears, to learn the way to welcome the one who prepared such a feast for us that we will never again be hungry.

MOVING FORWARD: What does it mean to you to "dress for action" as a follower of Christ?

PRAY for the Church in the Province of the West Indies

Ps 50:1-8, 23-24 or 33:12-22 | Isaiah 1:1,10-20 or Genesis 15:1-6 | Hebrews 11:1-3,8-16 | Luke 12:32-40

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