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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for July 3, 2015

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FRIDAY, July 3

Acts 9:5 I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting.

Paul and I have had some serious fights since my late teens. That’s why I’m always grateful when this story rolls around—and not because he’s on the floor of a stranger’s house feeling helpless. Paul and I find solidarity in our most humiliating moments.

I know what it’s like to be hit with hard knowledge, to be brought to my knees by a raw and visceral truth. I know what it’s like to feel like everything I’d put stock in, fought for, been righteously indignant and zealous over is ultimately harmful to people and hurtful to the heart of Jesus. I know what it’s like to hear the mournful voice of Jesus ringing so loud in my ears (but not in anyone else’s), asking me why I’m persecuting him, to be blinded by the light. I know what it’s like to feel that utterly naked conviction.

And so, even though we have a hard time meeting anywhere else, Paul and I meet on that cold, dark floor. Our hungry bellies growl, and our veiled eyes weep, and together we wait to be told what we are to do by the one who will fill our bellies and give us sight.

PRAY for the Diocese of Owo (Ondo, Nigeria)

Ps 140, 142 * 141, 143:1-11(12); 1 Samuel 13:19—14:15; Acts 9:1-9; Luke 23:26-31



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