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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for September 5, 2017

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TUESDAY, September 5

Mark 14:72 At that moment the cock crowed for the second time. Then Peter remembered that Jesus had said to him, “Before the cock crows twice, you will deny me three times.” And he broke down and wept.

In our lesson from Mark, Peter is breaking down. Yet somehow, Jesus will take this cracked and broken man and use him as the foundation on which to build the church. Jesus knows Peter is broken—this flaw is not hidden from Jesus.

We tend to see brokenness, especially our personal brokenness, as a failure and final outcome. But God sees the things in us that are broken as opportunities for wholeness. God offers us chance after chance to clear our minds of doubts, to put down the negative stories we tell ourselves, and to free ourselves from worldly distractions that blind us from recognizing our God-given potential. When, like Peter, we give in to our brokenness, that which is broken can be rebuilt anew—and that which is made new will be miraculously stronger than we ever thought possible. In accepting the gift of being broken, we accept the miracle of being made new.

MOVING FORWARD: What gifts of brokenness do you need to accept in your life?

PRAY for the Diocese of Sao Paulo (Brazil)

Ps 26, 28 * 36, 39 | 1 Kings 8:65—9:9 | James 2:14-26 | Mark 14:66-72

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