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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for September 10, 2014

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WEDNESDAY, September 10

Psalm 119:64 The earth, O LORD, is full of your love.

Early September is the season of not much happening. Vacations are over, school is solidly back in session. The year is winding down, falling gently, like a leaf, to its inevitable conclusion. It is a peaceful time after the energy of the summer and before the urgency of the holidays. Ordinary time, the liturgical calendar calls it. I think of it as extraordinary time.

There are golden days when the sun blazes in a clear blue sky. Days as hot and humid as midsummer, but other days that speak of fall with cool mornings. Most flowers are leggy and spent, but mums are bursting into bloom and the coleus on my porch has gotten crazy huge, sending up stalks of tiny purple flowers despite my daily and vigorous pinching. Everyone who gardens has an abundance of cucumbers and zucchini; I tactfully avoid friends who come bearing too much produce.

This in-between time has its own rare beauty and rhythms. It encourages walks and weekend road trips, makes me yearn to clean out my house, clear out the debris of my life, explore new directions. It is an advent of sorts, but with no carols—just the birds calling loudly in the trees and cicadas buzzing steadily each evening. It is a time in which I feel God’s presence and peace.

The earth, O Lord, is indeed full of your love.

PRAY for the Diocese of Haiti (Prov. II, The Episcopal Church)

Today the Church remembers Alexander Crummell, 1898.

Ps 119:49-72 * 49, [53]; Job 29:1; 30:1-2, 16-31; Acts 14:19-28; John 11:1-16

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