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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for June 27, 2017

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TUESDAY, June 27

Acts 5:38b-39a If this plan or this undertaking is of human origin, it will fail; but if it is of God, you will not be able to overthrow them—in that case you may even be found fighting against God!

I first read about the Holocaust hero Giorgio Perlasca in an essay by Cynthia Ozick. Working in Budapest in 1944, Perlasca agreed to be in charge of safe houses that sheltered Jews from deportation. He is credited with saving thousands of Hungarian Jews. Later, he answered the question of why he was willing to risk his life: “I began to feel like a fish in water.”

We know the expression “a fish out of water” to describe feeling awkward and uncomfortable. Being “a fish in water” implies swimming smoothly with the current, being in sync with life, not struggling against the tide. Although in constant danger, Perlasca chose to live in sync with the bigger picture—God’s plan of saving, caring, loving, and providing hope.

Most of us aren’t faced with choices as dramatic as Perlasca’s, but every day we have decisions about participating in God’s plan, moving with the currents like a fish in water, or fighting against God. Which way will you swim?

MOVING FORWARD: Where or when have you felt like a fish in water? How can you spend more time feeling that way?

PRAY for the Diocese of Offa (Nigeria)

Ps 97, 99, [100] * 94 [95] | 1 Samuel 6:1-16 | Acts 5:27-42 | Luke 21:37—22:13

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