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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for August 1, 2020

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SATURDAY, August 1                           Joseph of Arimathea

Psalm 75:1 We give you thanks, O God, we give you thanks, calling upon your Name and declaring all your wonderful deeds.

Today’s reading from Judges is difficult for me to stomach. Jael assassinates Sisera in what may be the most gruesome act depicted in the Bible, and Deborah and Barak are singing her praises. The scene makes me uncomfortable. I want peace, love, and joy—not combative judgment and retaliation.

I don’t enjoy all the God stories I hear. Sometimes I question them, rationalizing and making judgments. There’s a common thread, though, and that’s what keeps me listening. Every God story I’ve ever encountered is bound by awe and gratitude.

Jael’s story is not mine. I’ll resist my urges to fix, heal, or convert her or others. Instead I’ll focus on turning to God for guidance and giving thanks and praise when circumstances improve. I will wonder at God’s deeds and share my eternal gratitude.

MOVING FORWARD: What wonderful deed has God done in your life recently? How are you sharing that good news?

PRAY for the Diocese of Hong Kong Island

Ps 75, 76 * 23, 27 | Judges 5:19-31 | Acts 2:22-36 | Matthew 28:11-20

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