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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for August 12, 2019

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MONDAY, August 12

Mark 9:43 If your hand causes you to stumble, cut it off; it is better for you to enter life maimed than to have two hands and to go to hell, to the unquenchable fire.

Today’s lessons are not the kinds of scripture passages we cross stitch on pillows. We don’t get to select only the bits of the Bible we want to spend time with, like picking out the pretzels from the party mix. Christians believe the Bible to be the Word of God, inherited from the Almighty and our spiritual forebears across time immemorial. In Episcopal ordinations, a person being ordained into Holy Orders proclaims, “I believe the Holy Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments to be the Word of God, and to contain all things necessary to salvation.”

If we are committed to listening to scripture for God’s word for us—day by day—our only option is to press on and wrestle with the tough stuff. Let the details settle and see what thoughts remain, what questions float to the top of our minds. God is in all of it—lovely and unlovely.

MOVING FORWARD: What negative aspects of your life might you need to cut off, metaphorically speaking?

PRAY for the Diocese of Rupert’s Land (Canada)

Ps 89:1-18 * 89:19-52 | 2 Samuel 13:23-39 | Acts 20:17-38 | Mark 9:42-50

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