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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for February 8, 2019

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FRIDAY, February 8

Psalm 69:22 Reproach has broken my heart, and it cannot be healed; I looked for sympathy, but there was none, for comforters, but I could find no one.

“Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me.”

I think I get the point of the saying: try not to let words hurt your feelings. Be strong. That is helpful advice, but it isn’t very honest. In my experience, words hurt far worse than sticks and stones. The wounds they cause and the scars they leave can last a lifetime.

The psalms offer us many gifts, but chief among them is a refreshingly honest outlook on being human. This is part of why the psalms have been the prayer book of God’s people for millennia. If you need to know what it means to live faithfully and honestly as a human in a broken world, turn to the psalms. There you will find balm for your soul.

MOVING FORWARD: Commit to praying along with the morning and evening psalms for the rest of February.

PRAY for the Diocese of Makurdi (Nigeria)

Ps 69:1-23(24-30)31-38 * 73 | Isaiah 56:1-8 | Galatians 5:16-24 | Mark 9:2-13

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