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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for January 7, 2016

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THURSDAY, January 7

Psalm 103:15-16 Our days are like the grass; we flourish like a flower of the field; when the wind goes over it, it is gone, and its place shall know it no more.

Every morning, I walk through the churchyard of Trinity Wall Street, the Episcopal church where I work. Full of graves from the past three centuries, right in the midst of lower Manhattan, Trinity and its tombstone-laden churchyard stand at the end of Wall Street, a stark reminder that we (and the things we make) are fleeting endeavors.

Rather than depressing, I find the gravestones (and the words of today’s portion of Psalm 103) to be helpful reminders. The words of the psalm deflate my ego a bit, reminding me that I am a small part of something much larger. These words cut through the distractions in my life and remind me that God’s work can’t wait. We don’t make the bread of life; we simply must accept it as a gift, with humility and urgency, knowing that we will not pass this way again.

PRAY for the Diocese of Adelaide (South Australia, Australia)

Ps 103 * 114, 115; Deuteronomy 8:1-3; Colossians 1:1-14; John 6:30-33, 48-51



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