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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for February 1, 2022

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TUESDAY, February 1 Brigid of Kildare

Genesis 21:6 Now Sarah said, “God has brought laughter for me; everyone who hears will laugh with me.”

My earliest experiences of church were all about learning to behave there. Before I knew anything about the love of God, I had a general understanding that God was most pleased with me when I stayed quiet and sat still. Why else would I have to be so quiet and still every time I went into God’s house?

It took me many years to learn that God delights not only in our silence but also in our noise—especially our joyful shouts and our laughter. In the book of Genesis, Sarah grows old waiting for God to give her a child. When her long-awaited son Isaac is born, she is so overjoyed that she bursts out laughing, inviting everyone around her to join in at the wonderful news. She praises God for sending such a wonderful blessing into her life and giving her a reason to laugh.

God is the giver of all good things and is always looking for reasons to rejoice with us.

MOVING FORWARD: Have you noticed places in your life where God has answered your longing and sent you joy? How can you glorify God with your laughter?

PRAY for the Diocese of Kansas (The Episcopal Church)

Ps 61, 62 * 68:1-20(21-23)24-36 | Genesis 21:1-21 | Hebrews 11:13-22 | John 6:41-51



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