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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for July 10, 2017

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MONDAY, July 10

Luke 23:48-49 And when all the crowds who had gathered there for this spectacle saw what had taken place, they returned home, beating their breasts. But all his acquaintances, including the women who had followed him from Galilee, stood at a distance, watching these things.

Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s are moving swiftly through my friend’s husband. Allison has watched a dynamic, active partner deteriorate into a man who no longer knows her name.

A gifted writer, Allison records the depths of her grief and her joy, refusing to hold back one from the other. Reading her Facebook posts is heartbreakingly beautiful. I’m reduced to tears on a regular basis.

Allison chooses to face her pain, disappointment, and anguish straight on and says the true, hard things about grief and loss. She shares her burden and allows us to carry it with her, praising God for glimmers of grace, hope, and light.

Allison always, always sees God moving through her pain and leading her to serenity and peace.

Allison is miraculous. She habitually chooses love over pain and faith over loss—just like Jesus’ followers who watched his death and dying at a distance, hoping against hope for the good things—the best things—to come.

MOVING FORWARD: Call someone in your life who might need some extra love and encouragement.

PRAY for the Dioceses of Oklahoma and Olympia (The Episcopal Church)

Ps 1, 2, 3 * 4, 7 | 1 Samuel 15:1-3, 7-23 | Acts 9:19b-31 | Luke 23:44-56a



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