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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for November 21, 2017

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TUESDAY, November 21

Revelation 21:3b See, the home of God is among mortals.

After my parents’ divorce, my mother moved us to a different city in the same state. At the time, I didn’t understand that she was putting distance between herself and her abuser. My father told me, “You can visit me any time you want. This is your home.” I thought that it must be my responsibility to travel to that faraway parent.

Abusive or shaming parents are at the unconscious root of a variety of distorted narratives about God. In my case, an absent father served as a faulty template for what it takes to grow closer to God. As a younger person, I assumed that getting near to God required my spiritual exertion and theological rigor. I could visit God any time I wanted, but it was up to me to get there.

As it turns out, I had everything upside down. The stunning message of the Incarnation and the Second Coming is that, in Jesus, God is straining to reach us where we are. Jesus didn’t come to take us back up to heaven. He came to transform earth by planting heaven at its very core.

MOVING FORWARD: Do you have any upside-down ideas about God that you’d like to work on? Make an appointment with your spiritual director, priest, or therapist today to begin having these discussions.

PRAY for the Diocese of Vellore (South India)

Ps 97, 99, [100] * 94, [95] | 1 Maccabees 3:25-41 | Revelation 21:1-8 | Matthew 17:14-21

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