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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for January 9, 2021

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SATURDAY, January 9                   Julia Chester Emery

Psalm 131:4 O Israel, wait upon the LORD, from this time forth for evermore.

Julia Chester Emery served as the national secretary of the Women’s Auxiliary of the Board of Missions for forty years, from 1876 to 1916. For the Episcopal Church, perhaps her most significant and longest-lasting legacy is the United Thank Offering.

The little blue boxes are one of the first church things I clearly remember and looked forward to, long before I knew who Julia Chester Emery was. But it was her idea, brought to fruition by the Women’s Auxiliary, that each time you are thankful, you would drop a coin into your little box. Once a year, these offerings were all gathered together. Everything that was collected was used to fund missions of the Episcopal Church. The United Thank Offering continues to this day, annually giving more than a million dollars to mission efforts in the Episcopal Church. Julia Chester Emery gave us all a lasting way to give thanks and to do good.

MOVING FORWARD: To the glory of God and in thanks for the life of Julia Chester Emery, today, give thanks and do good.

PRAY for the Dioceses of Langtang (Nigeria) and Southern Nyanza (Kenya)

Ps 121, 122, 123 * 131, 132 | Isaiah 63:1-5 | Revelation 2:18-29 | John 5:1-15

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