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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for December 8, 2019

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SUNDAY, December 8                           2 Advent

Isaiah 11:6 The wolf shall live with the lamb, the leopard shall lie down with the kid, the calf and the lion and the fatling together, and a little child shall lead them.

Isaiah’s prophecy has birthed at least one great joke: “The wolf and the lamb may lie down together, but the lamb won’t get much sleep.” But when the laughter stops, there’s a painful truth. Left to our own devices, following our own instincts, we can predict where most narratives will run: The powerful will win; the weak will suffer; divisions only grow stronger with time.

Our hearts rejoice when we see things that have been broken being healed, relationships that had fallen apart being restored, communities ripped to shreds being knit back together. A little child leads adults to the light. The high come down lower, the low rise up, and the us/them binary becomes just us. The wolf and the lamb finally lie together in peace.

Call it redemption. This is God’s upside down and reconciling way, and it is beautiful in our sight.

MOVING FORWARD: When was the last time a child taught you a lesson? Find a way to say thank you to this child.

PRAY for the work of the Mother’s Union around the world

Ps 72:1-7,18-19 | Isaiah 11:1-10 | Romans 15:4-13 | Matthew 3:1-12

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