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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for September 23, 2014

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TUESDAY, September 23

Luke 3:22 The Holy Spirit descended upon him in bodily form like a dove. And a voice came from heaven, “You are my Son, the Beloved; with you I am well pleased.”

My daughter Anne and our neighbor Clara were best friends, despite the ninety-year difference in their ages. They shared cookies and coversations, and Anne often helped out with small tasks. Just about this time of year, when Anne was five, they happily spent a day together planting bulbs for the spring gardens. At dinner time, Anne came running into the kitchen carrying a plastic produce basket dripping mud and said, “Mommy! Look! Clara gave me a beautiful flower.” Anne could already see the stunning red tulip that would grow from the bulb buried within that mud.

I think of Anne’s clear vision of possibility and potential when I read Luke’s account of all the people John baptized, culminating with the baptism of Jesus. I think about how baptism washes away the mud and mess of our flawed humanity and allows our spirits to blossom.

God sees our possibilities and knows there is a beautiful flower within each of us, ready to burst into bloom with the help of a little grace, and God is well pleased.

PRAY for the Dioceses of Ibadan and Ibadan North (Ibadan, Nigeria)

Ps 78:1-39 * 78:40-72; Esther 5:1-14; Acts 18:12-28; Luke 3:15-22



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