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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for September 1, 2014

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MONDAY, September 1

Psalm 25:3-4 Show me your ways, O LORD, and teach me your paths. Lead me in your truth and teach me.

These verses from Psalm 25 literally changed my life. I said them over and over, asking God for direction, at a time when I absolutely did not know what to do. I was deeply in love with a young man who was a Roman Catholic seminarian. I knew I wanted to marry him; I knew he would be a wonderful priest. I knew it could be only one or the other. At a retreat, I prayed these words, begging, pleading, demanding—sometimes all three at once. The evening after I came home from the retreat, this young man was waiting for me at my house; he had left the seminary that morning. We celebrated our forty-second wedding anniversary this year.

God does not always answer prayers so immediately or send such clear signs. In today’s readings we encounter Job, a just and blameless man who feels God has abandoned him, and Jews who cannot accept the truth of the words Jesus himself speaks to them. But we also read of those who “became believers and turned to the Lord” (Acts 11:21). I feel a kinship with all of them.

I still turn to Psalm 25, in gratitude and thanksgiving, as well as when I feel lost. And every time, if I can put aside my own will and listen patiently, I learn, as Jesus promised, the truth that makes me free (John 8:32).

PRAY for the Diocese of Gombe (Jos, Nigeria)

Today the Church remembers David Pendleton Oakerhater, Deacon and Missionary, 1931.

Ps 25 * 9, 15; Job 12:1-6, 13-25; Acts 11:19-30; John 8:21-32



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