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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for July 5, 2015

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SUNDAY, July 5   6 Pentecost

Romans 5:5 Hope does not disappoint.

I can never read about hope being a product of character without thinking of a line from one of my favorite poems, “I never saw a wild thing feel sorry for itself.” Hope born of character building is by its very nature wild and empty of self-pity. It is the rugged and tireless confidence that things are going to get better, in this life or the next, so we might as well find a way to be kind, loving, and joyful.

“Hope,” said Emily Dickenson, “is the thing with wings...” Hope is filling the unexpected and scary prescription and still buying the plane tickets. It’s putting a bottle of champagne in the fridge for no good reason other than the conviction that something worth celebrating is going to happen.

Picking up the phone or writing the letter, asking for or offering forgiveness all are exhibitions of hope in our everyday lives. Hope is what gives us the will to do one more—one more breath, one more prayer, one more day. Hope saves us, keeps us going, and reminds us that God’s goodness and grace are waiting to surprise, satisfy, and delight us with unexpected joy and love.

PRAY for the Diocese of Oyo (Ibadan, Nigeria)

Ps 48 and 2 Samuel 5:1-5, 9-10 - OR - Ps. 123 and Ezekiel 2:1-5; 2 Corinthians 12:2-10; Mark 6:1-13



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