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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for September 1, 2017

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FRIDAY, September 1

Mark 14:38 Keep awake and pray that you may not come into the time of trial; the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.

How do we strengthen the flesh to support the spirit? Christ gives no fitness suggestions—no diet and nutrition protocol, no exercise regimen—and yet this moment in the garden of Gethsemane suggests that the condition of our physical being is important. Our bodies can be obstacles to our spiritual growth if we’re not ready to act when moments of trial arrive. What does “ready” look like? Perhaps it’s sleeping enough at night so we are not sluggish during the day or exercising so we have strength and energy—and through that energy, the awareness of God’s nearness.

I don’t think caring for our bodies requires a constant denial of pleasure. During this time of year, I’m especially prone to believing in the virtue of apple cider donuts. Christ knows there are times for fasting and praying, but he also knows when to feast and drink. May we follow his example and seek such balance for ourselves—to know what we need to be healthy, so we can stay awake and strong enough to pray and continue to do the work Jesus gives us to do.

MOVING FORWARD: Do you need to add a little strength training to your spiritual or physical workouts? What are some small changes you might make to keep yourself strong?

PRAY for the Dioceses of Salisbury, Salisbury-Ramsbury, and Salisbury-Sherborne (England)

Today the Church remembers David Pendleton Oakerhater, Deacon and Missionary, 1931.

Ps 16, 17 * 22 | 1 Kings 5:1—6:1, 7 | Acts 28:1-16 | Mark 14:27-42

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