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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for March 5, 2016

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Psalm 90:1 LORD, you have been our refuge from one generation to another.

Several years ago, I had a chance to visit Canterbury Cathedral. It’s a glorious building, home to a vibrant ministry. The cathedral is also a complex layout on many levels with stairs going every which way and chapels sprouting in all directions. As you approach the far east end of the cathedral, where a radiant shrine to Saint Thomas Becket once stood, there is a staircase to ascend. Those steps are worn down. Even hard stone bends under the weight of processions and the knees of pilgrims. Hundreds of years of pilgrimage literally wore down those steps. Almost 500 years ago, that golden shrine was dismantled in the English Reformation. So all that remains now is a simple candle marking the spot. And those worn steps.

As I ponder those steps, I think about how God has been present for generation after generation of Christ’s followers. The grandeur of God and the insignificance of my challenges are revealed in the steps worn down by pilgrims.

PRAY for the Dioceses of Bath & Wells, and Bath & Wells-Taunton (Canterbury, England)

Ps 87, 90 * 136; Genesis 47:27—48:7; 1 Corinthians 10:1-13; Mark 7:1-23



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