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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for June 30, 2015

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TUESDAY, June 30

Acts 8:13 Even Simon himself believed. After being baptized, he stayed constantly with Philip and was amazed when he saw the signs and great miracles that took place.

The Simon of this passage is Simon the magician, who amazed the people of Samaria with his spectacular magic tricks. After he hung around for awhile with Philip (one of the apostles who had escaped persecution in Jerusalem and was preaching the Good News and healing people in Samaria), Simon himself was amazed.

Being willing to be amazed on a daily basis requires me to let go of my desire to be seen as sophisticated and smart—able to metaphorically leap tall buildings and right the world’s wrongs. I want to do these things in God’s service, of course. But I have to admit I would like to be seen as amazing.

So, when I start getting absorbed by my own amazingness, I know it is time to put aside my own desires and spend more time listening to the amazing story of God’s grace alive in the hearts of God’s people in the world.

PRAY for the Diocese of Ottawa (Ontario, Canada)

Ps [120] 121, 122, 123 * 124, 125, 126, [127]; 1 Samuel 11:1-15; Acts 8:1-13; Luke 22:63-71

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