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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for April 17, 2015

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FRIDAY, April 17

1 John 3:1 See what love the Father has given us, that we should be called children of God; and that is what we are.

As part of his weekly children’s sermon, a priest colleague likes to teach the children songs, changing the lyrics to classic rock tunes. One of these was the Beatles’ “All you need is love” to which he sings the refrain. “All you need is God’s love. God’s love is all you need.”

We hear a lot about love in today’s readings. In the gospel, Jesus is baptized in the river Jordan by John. A voice comes from heaven, saying, “You are my Son, the Beloved, in you I am well pleased.” In the epistle, the writer reminds us that we are the Father’s beloved children. The psalmist says to God, “Keep me as the apple of your eye.”

In a way, the whole Bible is a love song between God and God’s people. We are reminded, individually and corporately, that we are God’s beloved, no matter who we are or what we do. And we are called to love our brothers and sisters. Can you “feel the love” today?

God’s love is all we need.

PRAY for the Navajoland Area Mission (Province VIII, The Episcopal Church)

Ps 16, 17 * 134, 135; Daniel 3:1-18; 1 John 3:1-10; Luke 3:15-22

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