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Forward Day by Day is a booklet of daily inspirational meditations reflecting on a specific Bible passage, chosen from the daily lectionary readings as listed in the Revised Common Lectionary or the Daily Office from the Episcopal Church's Book of Common Prayer.
The meditations are rich in substance and offer a wide range of witness and experiences. Each month's meditation is written by a different author. Learn more in the Forward Day By Day Readers' Guide.
Ps 140:9-11 Those who surround me lift up their heads; let the mischief of their lips overwhelm them! Let burning coals fall on them! Let them be flung into pits, no more to rise! Do not let the slanderer be established in the land; let evil speedily hunt down the violent!The psalmist is no quietist! More than any other book in the Bible, the psalms seem to capture the range of human emotion—joy, awe, fear, contrition, guilt, love, vengeance, anger, wonder.
I had an Old Testament professor who, when angry and frustrated, would scream the imprecatory psalms at the top of her lungs into a pillow, calling down divine wrath and destruction upon whatever poor soul or situation had riled her craw. Afterward, she felt better. And she didn’t feel so alone.