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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for August 30, 2015

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SUNDAY, August 30   14 Pentecost

Mark 7:14-15 Then he called the crowd again and said to them, “Listen to me, all of you, and understand: there is nothing outside a person that by going in can defile, but the things that come out are what defile.”

I grew up in a faith community where salvation was presented as a way to have my sins forgiven so I could get to heaven after I died. This theology was an evacuation plan at its core. There wasn’t much about relationship, redemption, or renewal.

Salvation is so much more than fixing a sin equation so we can get a ticket to somewhere else. Salvation is opening up ourselves, in the here and now, to the reality of a dynamic and life-changing union with Jesus Christ. He is the divine physician who brings healing to all the parts of us that are damaged, broken, or dying. Through Jesus’ death and resurrection, we participate actively in the renewal of all things—ALL THINGS, including our broken hearts and selves.

This process is slow going, but this is the life of faith as the church: seeking God’s restoration and reign in all things, on earth as it is in heaven. This is especially true of our hearts. Jesus is making all things new, all the time, with great love and mercy.

PRAY for the Diocese of Sebei (Uganda)

Ps 45:1-2, 7-10 and Song of Solomon 2:8-13 – OR – Ps 15 and Deuteronomy 4:1-2, 6-9; James 1:17-27; Mark 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23

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