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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for September 1, 2022

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THURSDAY, September 1
[David Pendleton Oakerhater]

Psalm 37:5 Commit your way to the Lord and put your trust in him, and he will bring it to pass.

Joan Didion’s A Year of Magical Thinking begins with this line: “Life changes in the instant. An ordinary instant.” I think of those words often. We do not know what tomorrow will bring. There may be a birth or a death. There may be a surprise in the mail or a knock at the door. We may think we know what will come in the days ahead but none of us, no matter how rich or how wise, can really know what tomorrow will bring. What are we to do with this terrible and wonderful truth?

Jesus shows us. His ministry is filled with prayer. He frequently withdraws from everyone so that he can spend time in prayer. He prays at meals, after healings, and at times of big decisions.

The future is full of uncertainty. I find that unpleasant and maybe you do, too. But when we commit to the Lord and follow his practice of prayer, then we can take comfort in knowing that Jesus is with us. As Jesus said, “I am with you always, to the end of the age.” He was with me yesterday, is today, and will be here, beside me, tomorrow.

MOVING FORWARD: How can you strengthen your prayer practice?

PRAY for the Diocese of Minnesota (The Episcopal Church)

Ps 37:1-18 * 37:19-42 | Job 16:16-22; 17:1, 13-16 | Acts 13:1-12 | John 9:1-17

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