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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for October 2, 2014

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THURSDAY, October 2

Luke 6:5 Then Jesus said to them, “The Son of Man is lord of the sabbath.”

On retreat in Wales, I visited a country church whose bishop had recently blessed a new set of Stations of the Cross made by a local artist. A parishioner walked with us around the church, following Jesus every step of the way on his journey to Calvary. We saw his condemnation before Pilate and his meeting with his mother; we saw Simon, who helped carry the cross, and Veronica and the women of Jerusalem. We saw him die on the cross and his body laid in the tomb. At that point the guide turned to us saying, “Then the bishop pointed at the cross over the altar and said, ‘Let the dance begin.’ ”

Standing there in the darkness, my tears fell out of grief for Christ’s suffering. Then I thought of this song—

Dance, dance, wherever you may be…

And I’ll lead you all in the dance, said he.

—and joy came too, knowing that we have a leader in our dance of life, someone who shows us where to set our feet as we walk life’s rocky path.

PRAY for the Diocese of Ife East (Ibadan, Nigeria)

Ps 105:1-22 * 105:23-45; Hosea 5:8—6:6; Acts 21:27-36; Luke 6:1-11

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