Daily Prayer: a resource of Forward Movement

The Forward Day by Day Meditation for January 8, 2016

We post a Forward Day by Day Meditation for every day of the year - and we invite you to consider them and talk about them here. If you'd like to comment, please register for an account at Facebook. By checking the "Post to Facebook" box when commenting, you'll be able to find and quickly link back to this page from your Facebook account. You can also find the past week's Meditations in the box at right (or below, for mobile users), or search for previous entries on the Archives page.

FRIDAY, January 8

Exodus 17:2 The people quarreled with Moses, and said, “Give us water to drink.”

Recently, my wife and I had our first big, first-year-of-marriage fight. I generally don’t like conflict and tend to defer to other people in a disagreement, but not this time. We argued (and even raised our voices a bit). It was a long fight, but by the end we understood some new things about each other and about ourselves. It wasn’t pleasant, but it was fruitful. I loved her no less than I did before the fight, and I felt no less secure in our relationship.

In theory, we know conflict is an inevitable (and probably necessary) part of life. In practice, however, it’s hard to trust each other in the midst of disagreement. Community, whether it includes two people or many, requires that we demonstrate, again and again, that we can love each other, even when we are in the midst of conflict. It was hard for the Israelites to trust that God would provide for them, so they quarreled until Moses struck the rock to provide water. Sometimes out of conflict flows new life; sometimes those rocky periods in our lives and relationships turn out to be surprising sources of growth, if we can trust each other.

PRAY for The Anglican Church of Australia

Today the Church remembers Harriet Bedell, Deaconess and Missionary, 1969.

Ps 117, 118 * 112, 113; Exodus 17:1-7; Colossians 1:15-23; John 7:37-52



Share this page