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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for January 20, 2018

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SATURDAY, January 20

Psalm 30:11 Hear, O Lord, and have mercy upon me; O Lord, be my helper.

My wife is a wise woman. She won’t give me the answer I’m seeking until I stop asking the question. “What do you want to have for dinner tonight? Do you want me to bake this? Or do you want me to grill that? I could broil something else. Do you want to me to broil something else? For dinner? Tonight? Or I could sauté everything instead.”

She just gives me a look, and I know to stop talking and give her a chance to answer a question that could have ended after, “What do you want to have for dinner?” Following her most recent “look,” I had to laugh at myself. “Imagine how God feels!” I chuckled. “I’m asking God questions all the time.”

When I turn to God in times of need or trouble, all my prayers (and questions) have exclamation marks. Sometimes, I can feel God giving me the “look” that my wife often gives me. Be still, be silent, be contemplative, God reminds me. Let me answer, and I will.

MOVING FORWARD: Think about how you ask or answer questions. Can you make improvements in that area?

PRAY for the Diocese of Alabama

Today the Church remembers Fabian, Bishop and Martyr of Rome, 250.

Ps 30, 32 * 42, 43 | Genesis 12:9—13:1 | Hebrews 7:18-28 | John 4:27-42



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