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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for April 16, 2014

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WEDNESDAY, April 16    Wednesday in Holy Week

John 13:27. Do quickly what you are going to do.

Jesus said this to the one who was going to betray him. But in reality, these are words that Jesus could say to any of us today.

Most of us know what it takes to be a Christian. We know the ways to do it: Pray often; give generously; read scripture and worship God. But we often delay or procrastinate when it comes to living into these principles. Perhaps we fear the personal cost or we’re anxious about where Jesus might lead us. Or maybe we’re stubborn and unready or unwilling to give up control, to give our lives wholly over to God.

And yet as the great theologian Saint Augustine said, “Our souls are restless until they find our rest in you.” We as humans find our peace and joy, our ultimate fulfillment, when we find ourselves not at arm’s length from God, but fully embracing a life in God.

What’s holding you back this day? Rather than move swiftly to betray Jesus, let us move quickly to do what God is calling us to do.

PRAY for the Diocese of Calgary (Rupert’s Land, Canada)

Ps 70; Isaiah 50:4-9a; Hebrews 12:1-3; John 13:21-32

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