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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for January 1, 2019

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TUESDAY, January 1          Holy Name

Numbers 6:27 So they shall put my name on the Israelites, and I will bless them.

My mom must have been at her wits’ end after my father died. During my wild teenage years, I was brazen and self-assured—and bristled angrily at her mandates.

Whether the day ended on a sweet or sour chord between us, as we went to bed each night, my mom threw me a life preserver. It flew on her soft voice across the dark hallway from her room to mine, "Our Father, who art in heaven…" There was a pause there as she waited for me to join in, which I always did. We finished the prayer together, the night settling into silence.

In this powerful way my mother put God’s holy name in and on my heart.

MOVING FORWARD: Who has helped put the name of God in your heart and on your lips? Remember that person in your prayers this week.

PRAY for the Diocese of Lagos (Nigeria)

Ps 8 | Number 6:22-27 | Galatians 4:4-7 –OR– Philippians 2:5-11 | Luke 2:15-21

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