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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for July 7, 2015

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Luke 24:5 Why do you look for the living among the dead?

For much of the decade after my dad died, I played a game in which I imagined how my life would have been different if he hadn’t died. I wondered what he would have thought about me not going to law school, and then imagined we had gone together. Magical thinking kept me from being truly present in reality. Until I was brave enough to put away the magic, I would always feel like a fatherless and angsty eighteen year old.

The pain of the Good Fridays in our lives—the large and small deaths we all grieve—can make us forget to be hopeful. In our pain, we forget that the sun is still rising and setting, that God is still doing a mighty work in our lives. But God’s grace and mercy pardon our forgetfulness. Easter always comes.

Looking for life in a place of dead things is not a great plan. But like Mary and her companions, I simply couldn’t see a life outside the walls of my own loss. It sometimes takes an angel (or a really smart therapist) to remind us that death never wins—that our greatest hope and brightest lights are shining bright, waiting for us to remember Jesus’ words and share the joy of Easter.

PRAY for the Diocese of Panama (Central America)

Ps 5, 6 * 10, 11; 1 Samuel 15:24-35; Acts 9:32-43; Luke 23:56b—24:11



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