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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for January 30, 2023

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MONDAY, January 30

Galatians 4:9a Now, however, that you have come to know God, or rather to be known by God, how can you turn back again to the weak and beggarly elemental spirits?

It can be hard to let others get to know us. Sometimes, people we’ve grown up with or who have known us for years get an idea stuck in their heads about who we are or what we are like. When we get new interests, or discover new things about ourselves, or just change and grow, it can surprise them. Other times, people we don’t know at all might see the outside markers and decide they know us because they have an idea of who we must be based on our age, gender, sexual orientation, race, ability, or socioeconomic class.

God knows us fully. And we can’t surprise God! God delights when we grow and change into more of who we have been created to be. In the fullness of time, God delights in getting to know us. May we spend our lives delighting in getting to know God.

MOVING FORWARD: How can you invite others to see the true you? How can you look past your own preconceived notions and truly see others?

PRAY for the Diocese of Patna (North India)

Today the Church remembers .

Psalm 56, Psalm 57, Psalm 58 * Psalm 64, Psalm 65 | Isa. 51:17-23 | Gal. 4:1-11 | Mark 7:24-37

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