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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for January 14, 2019

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MONDAY, January 14

Ephesians 1:3-4 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places, just as he chose us in Christ before the foundation of the world to be holy and blameless before him in love.

Singer-songwriter Kris Kristofferson tells an unexpected, powerful experience of forgiveness and release while attending church with fellow artist Connie Smith. In the song “Why Me Lord,” Kristofferson expresses his gratitude and amazement: “Why me Lord? What did I ever do that was worth love from you and the kindness you’ve shown?”

Some people experience a shocking and holy touch that stirs their hearts so profoundly that it undoubtedly came from a source beyond themselves. Others spend months hearing prayers and hymns in the womb and are born into a life bathed in the language of belief.

Regardless of how you came to faith, prayerfully ponder the mystery that God specifically loves you. Whatever you have done or left undone, Jesus’ love redeems you completely and entirely. Thanks be to God.

MOVING FORWARD: How will you show selfless love to your family and friends this week?

PRAY for the Dioceses of Lexington and Litoral Ecuador

Ps 1, 2, 3, * 4, 7 | Isaiah 40:12-23 |
Ephesians 1:1-14 | Mark 1:1-13

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