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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for May 27, 2017

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SATURDAY, May 27

Ezekiel 3:7 But the house of Israel will not listen to you, for they are not willing to listen to me; because all the house of Israel have a hard forehead and a stubborn heart.

Stubborn hearts are an age-old problem. Since the beginning of our written story, we humans have been making our lives and the lives around us harder than they have to be. Like willful toddlers or rebellious teenagers, we refuse to acknowledge the loving voice calling us to do better.

To our great relief and despite our willful ignorance, God relentlessly pursues us, calling us beloved, trying every possible tactic to get us to listen. God finds ordinary and hidden ways to plead with our hearts to follow a life of love, mercy, and faith rather than one defined by hate, judgment, and fear.

How would our lives change if our hearts became vulnerable and open instead of stubborn and closed? What if we allowed our minds to be tender instead of hard? How might we see our neighbors and ourselves as the beloved creatures of God that we truly are?

MOVING FORWARD: Think about the last time you were hardheaded or hardhearted. Write yourself a note about things you might want to do differently the next time you are faced with a trying situation.

PRAY for the Diocese of Niger West (Nigeria)

Ps 87, 90 * 136 | Ezekiel 3:4-17 | Hebrews 5:7-14 | Luke 9:37-50

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