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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for October 5, 2015

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MONDAY, October 5

1 Corinthians 10:17 Because there is one bread, we who are many are one body, for we all partake of the one bread.

The young girl asks me a question, her eyes wide with expectation, awaiting my response. But I do not know the language she speaks. I am on the other side of the globe in completely foreign surroundings. I stand still, moored by her inquiry, an obstacle amidst the swirl of marketplace activity: the stench of butchered meat, the buzz of flies, the clank of coins, the insistent squawks of vendors hawking their wares. Aggressive patrons elbow, jostle, push past me in their urgency. I strain to understand her.

She touches the bottom of her neck, at that tender hollow below the base of her throat. There hangs a tiny, metal cross—a charm, a talisman, a tattoo of her baptism, glinting in the sub-Saharan sun. Then, she reaches out toward me, her fingertips landing on the tiny, gold cross at the base of my throat. My breath catches in comprehension. Across time and space, collapsing barriers of culture and language, we smile at each other in sisterhood.

PRAY for the Dioceses of Swansea and Brecon (Wales)

Ps 106:1-18 * 106:19-48; 2 Kings 21:1-18; 1 Corinthians 10:14—11:1; Matthew 8:28-34



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