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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for June 6, 2018

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WEDNESDAY, June 6

Ecclesiastes 3:1 For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven.

The third chapter of Ecclesiastes is surely at the top of the charts of familiar Bible verses. Thanks to Pete Seeger’s setting of the song, “Turn! Turn! Turn!”, the verse also found favor at the top of the Billboard charts. But too often, a biblical text’s familiarity dulls our ability to hear its important wisdom.

Our tradition offers a prayer that speaks of the “changes and chances of this life,” reminding us that no matter what happens, God always walks alongside us. There is similar wisdom to be found here: the author of Ecclesiastes speaks of peace and healing but also of death and weeping. The life of faith is not without suffering and strife, but Ecclesiastes reminds us that life is also never without God—not even for a moment!

In a world that knows seasons of hatred and war and death all too well, may we take holy refuge in the fact that God is every bit as present alongside us in moments of struggle as in moments of joy and laughter.

For everything there is a season, and God is in the midst of them.

MOVING FORWARD: Spend time with the reading from Ecclesiastes. What seasons are being made known in your life? How does this awareness change the way you pray for yourself and for others?

PRAY for the Diocese of Cuernavaca (Mexico)

Ps 119:49-72 * 49, [53] | Ecclesiastes 3:1-15 | Galatians 2:11-21 | Matthew 14:1-12

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