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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for August 2, 2015

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SUNDAY, August 2   10 Pentecost

Ephesians 4:1-2 Lead a life worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love.

I recently heard Swiss author Frank Schaeffer share some stories about his spiritual journey. He lamented the way scripture can be misused by those who are more concerned with being “most right” than being “more loving.” Then he said, “The only book that matters is what you see when you look into the faces of the people who know you best.”

I think of his statement often because I know it’s true in the deepest places of my heart. I can attend the whole church service, read all of the Bible, and pray the most fervent prayers, but a good litmus test of my faith is found in the faces of my family, my friends, and my community. Do they see someone who is gentle, patient, and loving? Do the people who know me best read the words of Jesus on my face? As we bear with each other in love, living fully into the places God has called us to be, my deep prayer is that we each see and hear Jesus in the face and voice of one another.

PRAY for the Diocese of Renk (Sudan)

Ps 51:1-13; 2 Samuel 11:26—12:13a; Ephesians 4:1-16; John 6:24-35

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