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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for February 10, 2016

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WEDNESDAY, February 10      Ash Wednesday

Psalm 103:14 For he himself whereof we are made; he remembers that we are but dust.

In countless prayer and meditation techniques, the sounds and images of waves help usher people into higher states of consciousness. I think waves fascinate people because they remind us that we are dust. We roll through time like sand, swept up in the endless rise and fall of the tide.

The idea that we are dust seems to be painfully humbling, but I don’t think we always experience it that way. Waves feel immense and eternal and help us understand on some fundamental level that we are part of a system deeper than we can comprehend. We fade away, and our bodies return to the earth, but the waves continue to break around us. Life on earth might come to an end, but through the crash of the waves, we glimpse the eternal and understand on some level beyond the intellect, our connection to it.

PRAY for the Diocese of Arkansas (Province VII, The Episcopal Church)

Ps 103 or Ps 103:8-14; Joel 2:1-2, 12-17 or Isaiah 58:1-12; 2 Corinthians 5:20b—6:10; Matthew 6:1-6, 16-21



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