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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for August 12, 2018

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SUNDAY, August 12     12 Pentecost

2 Samuel 18:33 The king was deeply moved, and went up to the chamber over the gate, and wept; and as he went, he said, “O my son Absalom, my son, my son Absalom! Would I had died instead of you, O Absalom, my son, my son!”

From both personal and professional experiences, I can testify that grief is one of the core struggles of being human. Losing someone we love breaks us in unique and painful ways. Broken was how I felt when my father died, and broken is how many of my clients have described their processes of grief too. 

When we lose someone who acts as an earthly embodiment of God’s love in our lives, it is easy to give up hope for the future—and maybe even give up on God too. The painful pieces are always an important part of the larger, whole picture. To throw them away makes the larger work incomplete. A client of mine said it best. “That was when I knew that God existed,” he said, “when even the painful puzzle pieces just seemed to fit.” 

MOVING FORWARD: How do you make your peace with difficult transitions like death or other losses? 

PRAY for the Church of the Province of South East Asia

Ps 130 and 2 Samuel 18:5-9, 15, 31-33 -OR- Ps 34:1-8 and 1 Kings 19:4-8 | Ephesians 4:25—5:2 | John 6:35, 41-51

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