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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for September 8, 2017

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FRIDAY, September 8

Mark 12:29-30 Jesus answered, “The first is, ‘Hear, O Israel: the Lord our God, the Lord is one; you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength.’ ”

Recall the biggest crush of your life—a celebrity, a teen idol from your younger days, a sports figure, your high school band director. Now, think about all the energy you poured into that crush. Remember what it felt like to be submerged in that wild, mysteriously satisfying emotion. This feeling is called limerence.

Maybe you had your crush’s picture on your bedroom wall, or you listened—with headphones on and eyes closed—to their music constantly. If you had those kinds of feelings for someone with whom you interacted in real life, perhaps your palms turned sweaty at their approach, your heart pounding away in your chest. I think about the delight I felt over the dimple in John Travolta’s chin (circa Grease and Saturday Night Fever) and the electricity in his blue, blue eyes.

Have you ever summoned such emotion in thinking about God? What would it take to feel faint for love of the Lord, to have God consume your whole self? Seek God out and feel the wonder of love—not just limerence—but love.

MOVING FORWARD: Write a love letter to God.

PRAY for the Diocese of Sebei (Uganda)

Ps 31 * 35 | 1 Kings 11:26-43 | James 4:13—5:6 | Mark 12:22-32

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