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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for June 12, 2017

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MONDAY, June 12      Saint Barnabas, Apostle (tr.)

Isaiah 42:9 See, the former things have come to pass, and new things I now declare; before they spring forth, I tell you of them.

God doesn’t stick to our formulas for how “new things” come about. I remember feeling a stirring in my soul as my sophomore literature professor talked about a James Joyce character “searching for who he was.” I had never thought about life in those terms, but I felt beckoned toward a new way of thinking. Later, pondering over the births of my children, the world seemed to open into some wondrously new creation. Even now, with the changing attitudes in my current adult life—moving from judgment to inclusion—I feel a refreshing, freeing newness pulsing through me.

At times the old thing has to die for the new thing to come alive. At other times, the new thing seems to be given birth from the previous thing, which has been foundational and can be cherished forever. And sometimes, the new thing seems to appear out of nowhere, although the seeds of it might become obvious much later. We are urged to see, to be aware, to be alert, to be open and responsive so that we don’t miss the new things God declares in our lives.

MOVING FORWARD: What new thing has God declared in your life?

PRAY for the Diocese of Northern Indiana (The Episcopal Church)

Today the Church remembers Saint Barnabas the Apostle.

Ps 112 | Isaiah 42:5-12 | Acts 11:19-30; 13:1-13 | Matthew 10:7-16



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