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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for December 18, 2014

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THURSDAY, December 18

Psalm 33:20-22 Our soul waits for the LORD; he is our help and our shield. Indeed, our heart rejoices in him, for in his holy Name we put our trust. Let your loving-kindness, O LORD, be upon us, as we have put our trust in you.

We wait for the Lord because we trust God’s promise to be with us. Emmanuel means “God with us.” The birth of Jesus fulfilled the prophecy that a virgin would conceive and bear a son named Emmanuel (Matthew 1:20-23). Jesus is God with us, our Savior, our Emmanuel.

God is for us, and with us. That’s the promise. God doesn’t abandon us. That doesn’t mean everything will go our way. We may win or lose our games. There is no divine guarantee for our prosperity. The rain falls on the just and unjust (Matthew 5:45). Even Jesus cried out in suffering on the cross, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” (Matthew 27:46). But God did not abandon him on the cross, and God doesn’t forsake us. Saint Ignatius of Loyola said we all face times of consolation and desolation. But we never face these times alone. We can trust that God is with us and wait in hope.

PRAY for the Diocese of Koforidua (Ghana)

Ps 50 * [59, 60] or 33; Isaiah 9:18—10:4; 2 Peter 2:10b-16; Matthew 3:1-12

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