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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for July 5, 2018

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THURSDAY, July 5

Matthew 22:14 For many are called, but few are chosen.

“It’s going to be hot, so bring shorts,” my friend wrote in preparation for my trip to South Africa. “But be sure to bring a jacket and long sleeves for the cool evenings.”

I hate to pack, mainly because I never know what to take. And invariably, I pack things I don’t need.

When it comes to packing wrong, no one outdoes Captain John Franklin, the doomed British explorer who sailed to the Arctic in 1845 with two ships full of the most inappropriate things—silver, fine china, nearly 3,000 books, and a grand piano. Much of his inventory was later found dumped on the ice, pitched when the crew became stranded.

No, I may not be that bad, but schlepping my overstuffed luggage through a foreign airport, I wonder what I might have been better off leaving at home.

MOVING FORWARD: How can you travel lightly? What might you need to dispose of so that you can enjoy the journey?

PRAY for the Diocese of Dunedin (Aotearoa, New Zealand, & Polynesia)

Ps 131, 132, [133] * 134, 135 | Numbers 23:11-26 | Romans 8:1-11 | Matthew 22:1-14

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