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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for November 8, 2020

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SUNDAY, November 8                           23 Pentecost

1 Thessalonians 4:18 Therefore encourage one another with these words.

When was the last time you talked about your faith outside of church? We often feel awkward about this kind of sharing. What if the person who hears me is a follower of a different religion? What if they are offended or think that I’m proselytizing? Even worse, what if they think I’m one of those folks on the news who pickets funerals and spews hateful rhetoric?

Far too often, we limit ourselves with our insecurities. If we cannot preach like Peter or pray like Paul, we worry that we shouldn’t risk exposing ourselves as imperfect followers of Christ.

When we live a life centered on the love and life of Jesus, we cannot help but share the story of God. Our siblings in the early Church told the story of their faith in the face of unimaginable persecutions, and yet their faithfulness ensured that the story of Jesus survived. How could we ever keep such Good News to ourselves?

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PRAY for the Church in the Province of the West Indies

Ps 78:1-7 and Joshua 24:1-3a,14-25 or Wisdom of Solomon 6:12-16 or Amos 5:18-24 or Ps 70 and Wisdom of Solomon 6:17-20 | 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 | Matthew 25:1-13

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