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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for September 7, 2019

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SATURDAY, September 7

James 5:7 Be patient, therefore, beloved, until the coming of the Lord. The farmer waits for the precious crop from the earth, being patient with it until it receives the early and the late rains.

After two millennia, most Christians seem to have taken James’s advice to heart and have become very patient about the return of Jesus. I rarely encounter any real sense of urgency around mission or evangelism rooted in an imminent sense of Christ’s return. Without a looming deadline, we spare ourselves the hard choices and accountability over the kind of society we have created.

I wonder if we might actually be relieved that Christ hasn’t returned yet. What would his return mean for us? We pray, as Jesus taught us, for God’s reign to come and God’s will to be done “on earth, as it is heaven.” What are we praying for in those words? What do we imagine the fulfillment of this prayer might look like? How can we get started on making it a reality now?

MOVING FORWARD: What can you ask from yourself to make your life more closely resemble the kingdom of God here on earth?

PRAY for the Diocese of South Dakota

Ps 30, 32 * 42, 43 | 1 Kings 12:1-20 | James 5:7-12, 19-20 | Mark 15:33-39

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