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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for May 27, 2015

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WEDNESDAY, May 27   Ember Day

Luke 15:11 There was a man who had two sons.

Books have been written about the three main characters of this story, and Forward Day by Day readers have probably thought many times about the father’s generosity, the younger son’s penitence, and the elder son’s envy. But I wonder about the missing person in this story. Where was the prodigal son’s mother?

I like to ponder the missing mother. I imagine her quietly doing the work she was expected to do while her husband (apparently) had the leisure to sit at his window and look down the road. There’s nothing wrong with looking out the window, but if that’s all we do, our minds wander and we begin to wallow in our misfortunes.

I imagine this woman had no time for wallowing. She had to prepare meals, wash clothes, clean the house, and do whatever else her husband assigned to her. The day of the liberated woman was many centuries away. But when her long-lost son returned, she surely rejoiced with her husband. She represents myriads of invisible, unmentioned, and unnamed servants of God.

PRAY for the Diocese of Northern Philippines (Philippines)

Ps 38 * 119:25-48; Deuteronomy 4:25-31; 2 Corinthians 1:23—2:17; Luke 15:1-2, 11-32

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