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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for September 11, 2020

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FRIDAY, September 11

John 11:35-36 Jesus began to weep. So the Jews said, “See how he loved him!”

John is the gospel of the divine Jesus, who foretells his own death and who is the Word incarnate. In the story of the raising of Lazarus, Jesus decides not to go directly when he hears his friend is ill. He is infinitely confident in his divinity and seems to know the miracle he will perform. And yet he weeps for Lazarus. Jesus weeps alongside Lazarus’s bereaved sisters. Jesus weeps at the sealed tomb, a testament to his love for this singular man.

God’s omnipotence and omnipresence in our minds can easily become cold and impersonal. But God is also present in just this moment and just this place, so specific is God’s love that it is impossible to imagine that love being meaningful to any other human being in the way it is to us.

MOVING FORWARD: How is God’s love fitting perfectly around your heart today? What do you need God to feel alongside you?

PRAY for the Anglican Church of Kenya

Ps 40, 54 * 51 | Job 29:1; 31:24-40 | Acts 15:21-21 | John 11:30-44

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