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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for May 30, 2015

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SATURDAY, May 30   Ember Day

2 Corinthians 5:7 We walk by faith, not by sight.

Seeing isn’t believing—it’s knowing. And knowing isn’t faith. Knowledge is indisputable, and while it’s useful, it does lack mystery and wonder. Knowledge does not inspire. It can lead to puffed-up pride.

Faith is an act of trust in what cannot be seen or known. Someone claiming certainty in matters of faith either mistakes something else for faith or has yet to probe deeply. Faith is a leap into fog rather than into absolute darkness. We are given hints and pointers toward faith, but faith cannot be proved, and other interpretations of events are always possible. Faith calls for commitment, sacrifice, risk.

Thomas Merton wrote a famous prayer about faith, and these are a couple of my favorite bits: “My Lord God, I have no idea where I am going... I will not fear, for you are ever with me, and you will never leave me to face my perils alone…” (from Thoughts in Solitude). I like the idea of God knowing where we are going in this life, that God sees and knows all, even when it’s foggy and hard for us to see, reminding me daily that even when we feel lonely, we are never truly alone.

PRAY for the Dioceses of Texas and Northwest Texas (Province VII, The Episcopal Church)

Ps 30, 32 * 42, 43; Deuteronomy 5:22-33; 2 Corinthians 4:13—5:10; Luke 16:19-31

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