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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for July 10, 2021

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SATURDAY, July 10

1 Samuel 17:46-47 This very day the LORD will deliver you into my hand...that all this assembly may know that the LORD does not save by sword and spear; for the battle is the Lord’s and he will give you into our hand.

Father Roman Braga was a survivor of the Pitești Prison in Romania. He spent his first year there in solitary confinement being “reeducated” by the Communist party. “In that situation,” he said, “the only place to go was inside. There I discovered an inner universe—God and myself.”

David wasn’t a trained soldier; he was a young shepherd boy who tended his father’s sheep. He likely spent many lonely days and nights in the wilderness, and I imagine the solitude of the desert shaped his relationship with God. David learned who he really was in the constancy of God’s presence and provision. David rejected Saul’s armor and went into battle as himself, with God as his protection. No wonder he was a man after God’s heart.

At a time when power reigns and might makes right, it’s worth remembering a weak shepherd boy who overcame a great evil, not by force of arms, but by the grace of God.

MOVING FORWARD: Who are you? Spend time thinking about who you are—and who God made you to be.

PRAY for the Diocese of Delaware (USA)

Ps 20, 21:1-7(8-14) * 110:1-5(6-7), 116, 117 | 1 Samuel 17:31-49 | Acts 11:1-18 | Mark 1:14-28

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