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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for February 27, 2015

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FRIDAY, February 27   Ember Day

Psalm 40:1, 3 I waited patiently upon the LORD…He put a new song in my mouth.

My sister was a busy art teacher, wife, and mother. Nine years ago, she was driving to her daughter’s middle school basketball game one Friday afternoon when a truck jumped the median and hit her head-on. After the jaws-of-life and rescue helicopter, she was in the trauma unit for weeks and in rehab for months.

After she came home, her husband remembered that the police had collected the items scattered at the accident scene. Hesitantly she went through them, finding, along with her cell phone, the “to-do” list she had intended to accomplish the weekend of the accident. Those things didn’t get done. But she had lived, against the odds. She (and I) got a new perspective about plans.

Following that, she read a book by a person who had received similar injuries and who wrote of accepting the “new normal.” The challenge was to refuse to live in regret about how life might have been, about the “to-do” lists that could no longer include certain activities. As she embraced the idea of living in the “new normal,” God put a “new song” in her mouth. The new song was courageous and beautiful.

PRAY for the Diocese of Matlosane (Southern Africa)

Today the Church remembers George Herbert, Priest, 1633.

Ps 95 & 40, 54 * 51; Deuteronomy 10:12-22; Hebrews 4:11-16; John 3:22-36

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