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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for January 30, 2015

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FRIDAY, January 30

Psalm 54:3 The ruthless have sought my life.

I struggle with psalms in which the writer wishes retribution upon an enemy. It is not that I am immune to such sentiment, but I look for guidance on how to transform it, especially when I am at prayer. So when I encounter a passage like this one, I look for an alternate interpretation.

My younger daughter, Ruth, had a variety of nicknames growing up: Ruthie, Rufus, Rutinha (given her by Brazilian friends). But her older sister often called her Ruthless. There was nothing sinister about the nickname; it was only an acknowledgment of a tenacity of spirit, a determination that continues to this very day. When she had an idea, she would not let go of it, and woe to anyone, sister or parents included, who got in her way. She seldom got obnoxious, just insistent, like water dripping on a rock.

I am able to smile at this verse because my daughter, Ruth, sought not my life but my undivided attention. If she does not do it anymore, it is because I live too far away, and because she now has a daughter, cut from the same cloth, who requires all of hers.

PRAY for the Diocese of Lui (Sudan)

Ps 40, 54 * 51; Isaiah 50:1-11; Galatians 3:15-22; Mark 6:47-56

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