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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for July 2, 2022

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SATURDAY, July 2
[Moses the Black]

Romans 8:24-25 For in hope we were saved. Now hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes for what is seen? But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience.

Living through the COVID-19 pandemic is the closest I have come to what feels like the audacious hope of the early church. When we celebrated Easter together last year—even masked, even distanced—it revealed to me just how much we dared to trust in God, that we celebrated resurrection even amid such despair.

In the eighth chapter of Romans, Paul pleads his case for the power of the spirit and the power of hope itself. All of creation may groan together, but we already have the spirit of Christ within us. I wonder how Paul’s message of hope, despite all odds, would have sounded to the Israelites who sang about weeping in exile. I know that even as I give thanks for the power of God’s love for us in Christ, living through COVID-19 is the closest I’ve come to understanding Psalm 137, too. As a community, there are memories we hold together of life before the pandemic’s rupture, yet with God, we can boldly trust that a time is coming when all pain will be a memory.

MOVING FORWARD: When and where do you see hope?

PRAY for the Diocese of Malek Rup (South Sudan)

Ps 137:1-6(7-9), 144 * 104 | Numbers 24:12-25 | Romans 8:18-25 | Matthew 22:23-40

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