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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for August 9, 2017

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WEDNESDAY, August 9

2 Samuel 9:8 [Mephibosheth] did obeisance and said, “What is your servant, that you should look upon a dead dog such as I?”

David longs to express his love for Jonathan by reaching out to someone from his deceased friend’s family. The only one remaining is Mephibosheth—a crippled, marginalized son who is living in a forgotten place. Of course, David welcomes him.

There is something essential to our faith in the words of Mephibosheth. He feels unworthy of affection and refers to himself as a “dead dog.” Yes—Mephibosheth comes by his vulnerability honestly. And yes—I think we all have some sort of weakness that makes us feel undeserving of love. But what stands out here is grace.

It is orthodox to articulate grace as an unmerited gift, but the surprising thing about grace is how it elevates the recipient. While we may feel like lifeless beasts, grace invites us to the table and makes us part of the family. That elevation reshapes the lives of Saul’s servant Ziba and his fifteen sons and twenty servants. It even elevates David from a persecuted, grieving friend to a noble king and intimate confidant. This is what comes from showing “the kindness of God.”

MOVING FORWARD: Show kindness to one of God’s furry friends today. Share your photos by tagging them with #ForwardDayByDay.

PRAY for the Diocese of Rajasthan (North India)

Ps 119:97-120 * 81, 82 | 2 Samuel 9:1-13 | Acts 19:1-10 | Mark 8:34—9:1

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