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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for May 11, 2022

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[Johann Arndt and Jacob Boehme]

Psalm 119:67a Before I was afflicted, I went astray.

Our daughter, Katie, offered to take salt to the cows in the river pasture, a wide canyon with an ash, elm, and cottonwood forest. We told Katie she would have to cross the rickety bridge, go up the hill, through a gate in the next pasture, and then back through a gate into the river pasture.

Katie took a four-wheeler ATV and was having a wonderful time when she got to the first gate. From there, she could see the salt tub, so she decided to take a shortcut. The cow track got deeper, and she kept going. The track followed a severe descent, and she kept going. And then the ATV flipped, and she was in the bottom of the cow track with a bag of salt. The ATV (thankfully) bounced over her and came to a stop, nose down against a cedar tree with the cargo rack skewered by the trunk.

There she was, bruised and battered and stranded miles from home. After a while, the neighbors came along in a jeep with their grandkids and asked, “How did the four-wheeler get there?” Katie replied, “It was a series of bad decisions.” I am proud of her. In an age where we are quick to blame someone else, she knew exactly what went wrong.

MOVING FORWARD: Do you need to take a new path? Ask for God's help.

PRAY for the Diocese of Lichfield (England)

Ps 119:49-72 * 49, [53] | Exodus 33:1-23 | 1 Thessalonians 2:1-12 | Matthew 5:17-20



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