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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for January 18, 2018

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THURSDAY, January 18     Confession of Saint Peter, Apostle

Psalm 23:1 The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not be in want.

When I was thirteen, my grandmother challenged me. Memorize the 23rd Psalm, she said, and I’ll buy you the newest Hardy Boys mystery. I devoured every adventure of Frank and Joe Hardy that I could find, so the words of the psalm were soon locked into place. I knew the words but not necessarily the depth of their meaning.

The five words that begin Psalm 23 are among the most widely known in the Bible. But the phrase is almost too familiar and in danger of becoming a cliché.

“The Lord is my shepherd” is written on a piece of paper and taped to a mirror in my study. But I have added a word: “Today.” The Lord is my shepherd—today. In my Bible, I have handwritten the word “today” after every verse of Psalm 23, underscoring the power and immediacy of these promises.

MOVING FORWARD: Encourage a young person in your life to memorize a Bible passage.

PRAY for the Diocese of Akure (Nigeria)

Today the Church remembers The Confession of Saint Peter the Apostle.

Ps 23 | Acts 4:8-13 | 1 Peter 5:1-4 | Matthew 16:13-19

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