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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for July 4, 2017

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TUESDAY, July 4      Independence Day (USA)

Psalm 145:15 The LORD upholds all those who fall; he lifts up those who are bowed down.

My favorite food truck was serving lunch a few blocks from my office. All week, I planned to pick up lunch from there. After my last morning meeting, I headed out for my prize. As I cut across a terrace, I stepped on uneven pavement and down I went in a heap.

Pain blared through my various joints, muting the embarrassed feeling of falling down. I couldn’t have been sitting there for more than thirty seconds when a man and a woman walked over. “You okay?” the man asked. “Yep.” “Just getting your breath back?” asked the lady. “Yep.” I said something funny, got up, and went on my way.

Falling down is painful. With this fall, physical and emotional pain raced through my body, pacing each other. What I remember most is that feeling of being surrounded by the two people who came to help me. As soon as I saw them walking toward me, the panic I felt at having fallen faded away.

God never leaves us alone when we fall. Sometimes, it takes a minute to see and hear God in the faces and voices of strangers who offer kindness, mercy, comfort, and helping hands.

MOVING FORWARD: Who helped you up the last time you fell down, emotionally or otherwise?

PRAY for the Dioceses of Oji River and Okene (Nigeria)

Today the Church remembers Independence Day.

Ps 145 or 145:1-9 | Deuteronomy 10:17-21 | Hebrews 11:8-16 | Matthew 5:43-48

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