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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for January 10, 2019

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THURSDAY, January 10

Psalm 139:22 Search me out, O God, and know my heart; try me and know my restless thoughts.

Homer, a police officer, moved and breathed patience. His report writing was methodical: wipe down the desk, assemble writing materials, write, clear off the desk for the next officer, return to patrol. Whether he had arrested a shoplifter or a more malignant offender, Homer completed his duties in calm contrast to the noisy folks in the squad room railing against inhumanities witnessed for the umpteenth time.

Psalm 139 describes the omniscience of God, knowing and forming us while still in our mothers’ wombs and abiding with us, no matter how far we traverse. The psalmist concludes with a request: “Search me, O God, and know my heart.” But first, (I’m paraphrasing verses 18-21) let me tell you how much I hate all the people who don’t love you like I do. Why don’t you hurry up and obliterate them from the face of the earth?! Oh, for the patience of Homer.

MOVING FORWARD: As you move through your duties this week, be especially intentional about the ways you love and encourage people.

PRAY for the Diocese of Lango (Uganda)

Ps 138, 139:1-17(18-23) * 147 | Isaiah 65:1-9 | Revelation 3:1-6 | John 6:1-14

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