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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for August 5, 2018

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SUNDAY, August 5      11 Pentecost

Psalm 51:3 For I know my transgressions, and my sin is ever before me.

Today’s psalm describes chronic sin, which is something that I think most people of faith struggle against (and perhaps with). We want to believe that being a person of faith means we live mostly sin-free lives. We lie to ourselves that our sins are always minor and short-lived.

The vast majority of us have an area or two in our lives where we are chronic sinners. Maybe we regularly use hurtful words, or we repeatedly abuse ourselves by binging or withholding all manner of things—relationships, power, affection, or substances. In our hearts, most of us recognize that we have some chronic sin, but we feel powerless to change it and sometimes mute to name it. 

Addressing any unwanted habit is hard, but it is possible. You are being called to something more, something bigger. God’s mercy is great and is waiting for you to receive it.

MOVING FORWARD: Is God calling you to take a first step today? Maybe you can start to pray daily about your issue or schedule a face-to-face confession with your priest.

PRAY for the Scottish Episcopal Church 

Ps 51:1-13 and 2 Samuel 11:26—12:13a -OR- Ps 78:23-29 and Exodus 16:2-4, 9-15 | Ephesians 4:1-16 | John 6:24-35 

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