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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for April 21, 2018

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SATURDAY, April 21

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

I wonder if we make enough space in our lives to experience holiness. Our lives are much easier if we hold God and other things that require vulnerability at arm’s length. These holy things may be unclean, unfamiliar, foreign, or profane and require a whole-hearted courage that may seem beyond our reach.

But the will and work of God breaches our surest defenses with a relentless, take-no-prisoners love. In the very places we feel most secure, God will surprise us by walking through and extending an invitation to new life. Surprise is God’s way of disarming us, helping us to be accidentally vulnerable enough to consider a different way forward. The Acts of the Apostles tells us about these stories of holy surprise over and over. Imagine what we could learn from them when we become willing to surrender our will to this surprising and disarming God.

MOVING FORWARD: When was the last time God surprised you? How did you react? Share this story with #ForwardDayByDay.

Good Book Club Reading: Acts 10:1-16

PRAY for the Diocese of Carlisle (England)

Today the Church remembers Anselm, Archbishop of Canterbury, 1109.



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