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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for January 11, 2022

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TUESDAY, January 11

Hebrews 2:10 It was fitting that God, for whom and through whom all things exist, in bringing many children to glory, should make the pioneer of their salvation perfect through sufferings.

I used to think that suffering was a useless phase. I looked at experiences of loss and struggle and wondered why I needed to go through those experiences. I spent countless hours asking myself and God what lesson I was to learn from being homeless for a short time. What purpose did that suffering serve?

Now that I’m twelve years removed from that time in my life, I can see exactly what I needed to learn from that suffering. Those times of utter failure (in my eyes) and seemingly endless heartache ultimately drew me nearer to God and God’s grace.

Sometimes suffering is simply suffering. But other times, it can lead us to great blessings. In the midst of our suffering, we may not understand where it ends and grace begins, but we take comfort in the fact that Jesus knows our suffering and abides with us always.

MOVING FORWARD: Think back to a difficult time in your life. In retrospect, can you see God working in and through even those hard days?

Pray for the Diocese of Jalingo (Nigeria)

Ps 5, 6 * 10, 11 | Genesis 3:1-24 | Hebrews 2:1-10 | John 1:19-28

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