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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for July 29, 2017

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SATURDAY, July 29

Psalm 55:13-15 For had it been an adversary who taunted me, then I could have borne it; or had it been an enemy who vaunted himself against me, then I could have hidden from him. But it was you, a man after my own heart, my companion, my own familiar friend. We took sweet counsel together and walked with the throng in the house of God.

At the beginning of my first year of college, I met Michelle. We both sang in the choir, had strong ties to church life, and were both minority students. Michelle seemed like an answer to my prayers of loneliness.

After a few weeks, Michelle didn’t eat lunch with me anymore. She wasn’t around for dinner, and I couldn’t find her to walk to choir rehearsal. Each day, I wondered what had happened, convinced that I had done something wrong.

I soon received my answer—Michelle had joined a sorority. Her chapter said she couldn’t spend time with anyone who was not also pledging. I was stunned and heartbroken, and I mourned our short friendship. Sometimes, people make choices that don’t or can’t include us. This is a painful reality—and it’s not our fault. If you’re in a one-sided relationship, pray for the strength to forgive the one who has wronged you. God will restore your faith in others, and who knows—perhaps your heart will open to a let in another friend.

MOVING FORWARD: Have you been on the hurting end of a one-sided relationship? How did you feel—and heal?

PRAY for the Dioceses of Phulbani and Patna (India)

Today the Church remembers Mary and Martha of Bethany.

Ps 55 * 138, 139:1-17(18-23) | 2 Samuel 1:1-16 | Acts 15:22-35 | Mark 6:1-13

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