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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for August 29, 2017

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TUESDAY, August 29

Acts 26:24 While he was making this defense, Festus exclaimed, “You are out of your mind, Paul! Too much learning is driving you insane!”

Recently, I had a conversation with a clergy friend beginning a doctoral program. When I asked him what he was hoping to study, he mentioned three disparate and highly academic subjects with very long names. When I asked him about his goal, he said he hoped to develop a contemplative practice for his congregation. To him, there was no way to develop a practice without giving himself entirely to the subjects he hoped to infuse into the practice.

From my perspective, my friend could have been set free had he not yoked himself to a degree—a piece of paper. But my friend knows something that I do not: A new world requires a new life. Paul is in chains, rejected, and in poverty. But Paul has no remorse. He knows that he must go to Rome, and he knows what that means.

The mystic Rumi reminds us, “There are hundreds of ways to kneel and kiss the ground,” and there are hundreds of ways to live and die in Christ, to rest and rise in glory. For all who are driven insane by too much learning, may the ground meet your lips.

MOVING FORWARD: What are some of the ways you kneel and kiss the ground? Share your practices by tagging them with #ForwardDayByDay.

PRAY for the Diocese of Sabah (South East Asia)

Ps 5, 6 * 10, 11 | 1 Kings 1:38—2:4 | Acts 26:24—27:8 | Mark 13:28-37

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