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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for October 27, 2017

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FRIDAY, October 27

Ezra 3:12-13 But many of the priests and Levites and heads of families, old people who had seen the first house on its foundations, wept with a loud voice when they saw this house, though many shouted aloud for joy, so that the people could not distinguish the sound of the joyful shout from the sound of the people’s weeping, for the people shouted so loudly that the sound was heard far away.

I find Ezra to be an exhausting read, because its worldview and the historical reality of the return from exile seems so distant from my own fairly stable, well-rooted reality. However, there are moments in this story of new beginnings that resonate deeply with my own experiences of new beginnings. One of those moments shows up in our reading today, when the builders finish laying the foundation for the new temple. In this moment, the people respond with shouts of joy and thanksgiving, but there are also many in the crowd who remember what had been before and who weep loudly.

Sometimes it is not until we see the new foundation that we fully realize that it is not the old. There is something irretrievable about the past that must be grieved. Ezra’s story honors grief alongside joyful shouts as expressions of thankfulness for what had been and amidst gratitude for this new beginning.

MOVING FORWARD: When have you felt both grief and joy? Share your story with us at #ForwardDayByDay.

PRAY for the Diocese of The Murray (Australia)

Ps 31 * 35 | Ezra 3:1-13 | 1 Corinthians 16:10-24 | Matthew 12:22-32



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