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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for September 16, 2014

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TUESDAY, September 16

Psalm 62:9 Put your trust in him always, O people, pour out your hearts before him, for God is our refuge.

Some days, when stress or worry or fear gets the best of me, my life seems held together by the bits of prayers and poems I have stuck up on my computer monitors and around my office and home. A hand-lettered card I bought nearly two decades ago, at a time when I felt challenged on every level, has become one of my visual sanctuaries. “Faith is walking to the edge of all you have, and taking one more step,” it proclaims in soft red and blue tones. I aspire to this depth of faith, but am not sure I am quite there yet.

A special kind of courage and a truly powerful faith is required to take that one more step. I think of Peter, climbing out of the boat to walk across the water and meet his Lord and Teacher. Of Lazarus, walking out of the tomb and back into life. Of the woman who came forward to touch Jesus’ cloak and be healed. Of my terminally ill uncle, who willingly cut the IVs and bindings of this world to step into the next.

I pray to have this kind of faith, to not only say but also to believe on every level of my being that God “is my rock and my salvation, my stronghold…and my refuge” (Psalm 62:7-8).

PRAY for the Diocese of Highveld (Southern Africa)

Today the Church remembers Ninian, Bishop in Galloway, c. 430.

Ps 61, 62 * 68:1-20(21-23)24-36; Job 40:1; 41:1-11; Acts 16:6-15; John 12:9-19



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