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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for July 1, 2015

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WEDNESDAY, July 1

Psalm 119:145a I call with my whole heart.

It’s hard to take time out to feel our feelings, to take that deep breath and second thought, to not cartwheel from one emotion to the next during the course of a day. There are things to be done—actual tasks with measurable results that must be completed. How are we supposed to know how to call out with our whole hearts if we don’t stop to feel what we’re really feeling?

I was lucky enough to spend a grown-up summer at my old camp as a staff director. One thing I wanted to impart to my young staff was the importance of honoring and recognizing their feelings, of not holding grudges, of giving ourselves wholly over to the position we’re called to fill, of being deeply vulnerable to God growing something new and holy in each of our hearts.

This month we’ll read about David and Saul, Paul and Barnabas, Jesus and the disciples. My hope is that we can hear the call and response to deep vulnerability, that we know the comfort and companionship of each other and of the risen Christ, and that we find ourselves wholeheartedly singing our praise and thanks with our lips and lives.

PRAY for the Diocese of Otukpo (Abuja, Nigeria)

Ps 119:145-176 * 128, 129, 130; 1 Samuel 12:1-6, 16-25; Acts 8:14-25; Luke 23:1-12

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