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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for July 25, 2017

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TUESDAY, July 25     Saint James, Apostle

Matthew 20:20-21 Then the mother of the sons of Zebedee came to Jesus with her sons, and kneeling before him, she asked a favor of him. And he said to her, “What do you want?” She said to him, “Declare that these two sons of mine will sit, one at your right hand and one at your left, in your kingdom.”

Maybe you’ve heard of the recent trend called “helicopter parenting.” Rather than allowing kids to fail, parents hover over their children, monitoring everything that goes on in their lives. Grades, friends, sports—everything is highly managed and ruthlessly manicured, and parents quickly intervene to prevent any perceived damage or discomfort to their child.

As a parent, I understand the desire to want to make things easier. Watching them struggle is gut-wrenching. I’ve witnessed them make dumb choices, listened to them lie, and kept my mouth closed when I could have intervened.

But God has a plan for each of us—and giving God and our loved ones a chance to work out that plan is vitally important. We all deserve the opportunity to fail and to receive the grace of being lifted up. Prayer and perseverance teach us how to tell the difference between those opportunities.

MOVING FORWARD: When was the last time you were allowed to fail? Who offered you grace?

PRAY for the Dioceses of Oxford, Oxford-Buckingham, Oxford-Dorchester, and Oxford-Reading (England)

Today the Church remembers Saint James the Apostle.

Ps 7:1-10 | Jeremiah 45:1-5 | Acts 11:27—12:3 | Matthew 20:20-28



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