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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for May 12, 2022

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Exodus 34:6-7a The LORD passed before him, and proclaimed, “The LORD, the LORD, a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness, keeping steadfast love for the thousandth generation.”

I am always blown away when I find someone who embraces God’s steadfast love and does not repeat the selfish sins and ways of their parents. My friend Peter is such a man. We met in college and shared classes and a common faith. As our friendship grew, he shared some of his personal story. His parents had been selfish in profound and destructive ways that affected his self-esteem.

Since then, Peter’s finances have been a roller coaster. He has literally taken hard knocks with an accident that resulted in a brain injury. His health has been incredibly challenged, including a diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease. Nevertheless, when I think of examples of people with generous and caring lives, I include Peter. He understood what his parents had done, and with God’s grace, he has consciously and successfully given his son a different heritage.

MOVING FORWARD: How can you help break cycles of abuse and neglect?

PRAY for the Diocese of Limerick & Killaloe (Ireland)

Ps 50 * [59, 60] or 114, 115 | Exodus 34:1-17 | 1 Thessalonians 2:13-20 | Matthew 5:21-26



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