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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for January 11, 2021

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MONDAY, January 11

Isaiah 40:22-23 It is he who sits above the circle of the earth, and its inhabitants are like grasshoppers; who stretches out the heavens like a curtain, and spreads them like a tent to live in; who brings princes to naught, and makes the rulers of the earth as nothing.

When the world seems out of control, words like the ones from our reading in Isaiah soothe me. At one time or another, all of us get a little carried away with our importance—surely with God, we must know just how important we are, how profoundly loved we are.

But there is the equal and opposite side of ourselves that we also have to hold to account—and that is just how insignificant, small, and inconsequential we are in the whole scheme of the universe. I am not sure if you can hear these words as such, but I find them to be comforting as well.

God loves us as if we were the only thing that existed in the universe, and we are also a grain of sand in God’s infinite creation. Thanks be to God.

MOVING FORWARD: Today, try meditating on both your enormous worth and infinitesimal smallness.

PRAY for the Diocese of Leeds (England)

Ps 1,2,3 * 4, 7 | Isaiah 40:12-23 | Ephesians 1:1-14 | Mark 1:1-13

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