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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for August 13, 2017

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SUNDAY, August 13      10 Pentecost

Matthew 14:30 But when [Peter] noticed the strong wind, he became frightened, and beginning to sink, he cried out, “Lord, save me!”

As a surfer, I have recently learned the art of long boarding—riding very big boards in small surf. For traditional long boarders, the apex of the sport is nose riding. To ride the nose, a surfer positions the board in the steepest part of the wave and then walks to the very front of the board.

Purists claim that if you are not over the edge of the board, you are not riding the nose. This assertion gave rise to the term “hang ten,” which refers to ten toes hanging off the front of the board. Nose riding requires athleticism and poise—on a good nose ride, the board disappears in the wave and the rider appears to be walking on water. Much like Peter, most people have difficulty maintaining this mystical posture—especially once they become aware of what they are doing.

Surfing has much in common with the life of faith—there are serene days, terrifying days, and a lot of forgotten days. Surfing and faith both involve fluid participation with a power that is not one’s own.

MOVING FORWARD: Do you “hang ten” in your prayer life? Or are your prayers safe and comfortable?

PRAY for the Diocese of Remo (Nigeria)

Today the Church remembers Jeremy Taylor, Bishop of Down, Connor, and Dromore, 1667.

Ps 105:1-6, 16-22, 45b and Genesis 37:1-4, 12-28 –OR– Ps 85:8-13 and 1 Kings 19:9-18 | Romans 10:5-15 | Matthew 14:22-33



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