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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for July 31, 2017

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MONDAY, July 31

Psalm 56:11-12 I am bound by the vow I made to you, O God; I will present to you thank-offerings; For you have rescued my soul from death and my feet from stumbling, that I may walk before God in the light of the living.

Bound—we have so many meanings for this word—some good and some not so good. I’m bound to God through a relationship and covenant, just as I am bound to my husband. We’re bound to student loans. My friend is wheelchair-bound. I’m bound for the track or the trail at some point today.

Being bound to God through mutual promises teaches us true commitment. Binding ourselves to God means letting go of things—people, other relationships, substances, media, you name it—that aren’t good for us, because we listen to God’s instructions for how to keep our promises in scripture and through the life and ministry of Jesus. God created us out of love and wants us to have good relationships.

My commitment to walking trails began as a promise to myself. The farther I walk—the longer I am on this beautiful trail—I realize that I was making this promise to God, honoring the love of God in my life. May you be blessed in your walking and find yourself honoring love—and the promises you make.

MOVING FORWARD: To what (or whom) are you bound? Is it of God?

PRAY for the Anglican Church in Aotearoa, New Zealand, and Polynesia

Today the Church remembers Ignatius of Loyola, Priest and Monastic, 1556.

Ps 56, 57, [58] * 64, 65 | 2 Samuel 2:1-11 | Acts 15:36—16:5 | Mark 6:14-29



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