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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for August 27, 2014

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WEDNESDAY, August 27

Acts 10:15. The voice said to him again, a second time, “What God has made clean, you must not call profane.”

We derived a lot of joy from watching our boys play soccer, but soccer games on Sunday morning posed a dilemma for us as a clergy family. Our initial solution was to get the soccer player up for early church and have him dressed and ready to go. The minute church was over, his mother would whisk him away.

Things got more complicated when the younger one was also old enough to have a Sunday game, often in a different place than his older brother. Mom was left with soccer duty, but even Mom couldn’t get two boys to different places, even if she did leave immediately after early church.

Eventually we gave up. I’m not proud of it, but my boys skipped church to play soccer on many Sundays during the season. We never felt good about it, but we opted for some flexibility as opposed to a strict adherence to rules. It was a rationalization, I realize, but we figured they, of all people, had plenty of other opportunities for church.

Being older, and maybe a little wiser, perhaps it wasn’t really all that bad. Little boys having fun and getting exercise in the fresh air sounds like something God may have made clean to begin with.

PRAY for the Diocese of Gippsland (Victoria, Australia)

Today the Church remembers Thomas Gallaudet, 1902, with Henry Winter Syle, 1890.

Ps 119:1-24 * 12, 13, 14; Job 6:1, 7:1-21; Acts 10:1-16; John 7:1-13

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