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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for September 3, 2014

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WEDNESDAY, September 3

Psalm 119:37 Turn my eyes from watching what is worthless; give me life in your ways.

I wish I had known this psalm when my children were younger and watched far too much television. I could have sounded like a holy, pious mother rather than the cranky, nagging one who said, “Turn that TV off and go do your homework or something useful.”

Now I can pray these words as I strive daily, as most of us would-be disciples do, to keep my focus on things that matter, especially in my work at Forward Movement. Working for a publisher of devotional material is indeed a Martha/Mary experience, a push-pull between the practical and the spiritual. As I read or work with a text, I am often thrilling to its message but at the same time seeing the typos, the format issues, the grammar errors. Even at morning prayer when our staff gathers to read and reflect on Forward Day by Day, I am sometimes not hearing the message because I am too busy looking for errors or remembering the struggle a few months earlier to get those words onto the page.

Lord, you have given me life, and talents to share, and people to love and who love me; help me now, in gratitude for these gifts, to turn away, each day, from truly trivial pursuits and use my life in your service.

PRAY for the Diocese of Grahamstown (Southern Africa)

Ps 38 * 119:25-48; Job 12:1; 14:1-22; Acts 12:18-25; John 8:47-59

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