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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for September 1, 2020

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TUESDAY, September 1                   David Pendleton Oakerhater

Job 13:3-5 But I would speak to the Almighty, and I desire to argue my case with God. As for you, you whitewash with lies; all of you are worthless physicians. If you would only keep silent, that would be your wisdom!

How often have I sought to speak for God? Nearly always this inclination comes from a place of compassion, offering the hope I find in scripture as salve to a hurting heart or as a candle guiding another away from a road I perceive to lead to pain and heartache. I have learned—slowly—that silence is sometimes the better medicine, my presence the only gospel I need to share.

Job cries out in his misery and begs his friends to be quiet: They cannot help his pain or quiet his misery; they cannot understand. He must confront his pain alone and take it directly to God, unmediated. How can I point the way, offer the aid, and stand in solidarity without attempting to mediate someone’s relationship with God? How do I remind myself that God speaks healing directly to the human heart?

MOVING FORWARD: How do you offer comfort? What feels like comforting action to you?

PRAY for the Dioceses of Moray, Ross & Caithness (Scotland), the Windward Islands (West Indies), and Wondurba (South Sudan)

Ps 26, 28 * 36, 39 | Job 12:1; 13:3-17, 21-27 | Acts 12:1-17 | John 8:33-47

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