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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for August 4, 2017

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FRIDAY, August 4

Mark 7:28 But she answered him, “Sir, even the dogs under the table eat the children’s crumbs.”

I recently watched a documentary called Human, featuring sweeping shots of landscapes, animals, and a variety of cultural practices from all over the world. Human is punctuated with interviews of all sorts of people, filmed in front of a black screen and divided into particular themes.

The segment about poverty features a Bangladeshi woman speaking with unfettered candor about her family’s struggle for nourishment. She says, “When we have no more food, we go gathering grains of rice from the rat holes. When we find some, we keep them in a basket. We go home when there is enough to fill a bag. The next morning, we cook the rice, and then we go and gather more. God is kind-hearted. God watches over us and gives us everything. When God watches me looking everywhere, I always find some rice. I search the rat holes, then go home.”

I forget what it truly means to struggle and take comfort for granted. But I follow Jesus who reminds me that those who hunger and thirst for God are blessed. And blessed are those who search the rat holes.

MOVING FORWARD: What place is impoverished in your life? How can God help you seek out sustenance?

PRAY for the Diocese of Portsmouth (England)

Ps 69:1-23(24-30)31-38 * 73 | 2 Samuel 5:1-12 | Acts 17:1-15 | Mark 7:24-37

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