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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for January 12, 2022

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WEDNESDAY, January 12                  Aelred of Rievaulx

Hebrews 2:18 Because he himself was tested by what he suffered, he is able to help those who are being tested.

I believe our journeys and testimonies are meant to be shared. They shape us into who we are, and our shared stories can also help heal or offer a guide map for others who walk similar journeys. When we are open to offering our testimony, we can help others.

I remember being terribly ashamed to tell folks that I had two children by two different fathers and was not currently in a relationship with either of them. I felt like people could see an illuminated sign on my chest that indicated I was a terrible mom and partner. Little did I know that my own story was less unique than I had imagined. Others shared similar stories after I gave my testimony at a women’s retreat. Not only did I find a large community of support, but I also moved out of suffering toward healing. What would happen if we gave up our fear of telling our story?

MOVING FORWARD: What story can you tell to help others?

Pray for the Diocese of Jamaica and the Cayman Islands (West Indies)

Ps 119:1-24 * 12, 13, 14 | Genesis 4:1-16 | Hebrews 2:11-18 | John 1:(29-34)35-42

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