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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for April 27, 2015

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MONDAY, April 27

Wisdom 2:6-7 Come, therefore, let us enjoy the good things that exist, and make use of the creation to the full as in youth. Let us take our fill of costly wine and perfumes and let no flower of spring pass us by.

Certainly God wants us to live each moment to the fullest and to appreciate good things? Certainly we don’t want to miss the beauty of a spring flower? Why then are these words from Wisdom the words of “those who reasoned unsoundly?”

Perhaps these words represent those who live carelessly and self-indulgently, with no thought of others or future generations. It is not about praising creation, but grabbing as much as we can get from it. It is not about appreciating the beauty of a spring flower, but picking it and thereby preventing others from experiencing its beauty. It is about eating and drinking excessively when others go hungry and thirsty.

We can’t stop giving thanks to God for all the good things of creation. But I guess “sound reasoning” would suggest that we need to be worthy stewards of these good things, so that they can be enjoyed by all.

PRAY for the Diocese of New Westminster (British Columbia and the Yukon, Canada)

Ps 41, 52 * 44; Wisdom 1:16—2:11, 21-24; Colossians 1:1-14; Luke 6:1-11

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