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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for September 12, 2017

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TUESDAY, September 12

Philippians 1:15-18 Some proclaim Christ from envy and rivalry, but others from goodwill. These proclaim Christ out of love, knowing that I have been put here for the defense of the gospel; the others proclaim Christ out of selfish ambition, not sincerely but intending to increase my suffering in my imprisonment. What does it matter? Just this, that Christ is proclaimed in every way, whether out of false motives or true; and in that I rejoice. Yes, and I will continue to rejoice.

Paul seems to be telling the Christians in Philippi that there’s no such thing as a bad experience or even—dare I say it—bad publicity. Paul is suffering at the hands of the Romans yet he prefers to think of the good that has come of his suffering.

Suffering can be one of the greatest challenges to our faith because we become mired in the depths of our sorrow and can’t bring ourselves to see the possibility of a positive side. Maybe finding meaning in suffering is not about perceiving an event as good or bad but rather about acknowledging that suffering is part of our journey—this thing that makes us hurt has happened and here’s how things have changed. Putting our suffering to good use is about remembering that while we have no idea where we’re going, God knows and is always with us. And for this, we will continue to rejoice.

MOVING FORWARD: Make a list of the ways suffering has been a part of your journey and how you have found ways to rejoice in the midst of it.

PRAY for the Diocese of Shinyanga (Tanzania)

Today the Church remembers John Henry Hobart, Bishop of New York, 1830.

Ps 45 * 47, 48 | 1 Kings 16:23-34 | Philippians 1:12-30 | Mark 16:1-8(9-20)

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