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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for August 12, 2022

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FRIDAY, August 12
[Florence Nightingale]

John 4:46b-47 Now there was a royal official whose son lay ill in Capernaum. When he heard that Jesus had come from Judea to Galilee, he went and begged him to come down and heal his son, for he was at the point of death.

When our friend’s wife developed Alzheimer’s, he devoted his life to making hers seem normal. He dressed her in her favorite clothing and brought her to church. He cooked her favorite meals and watched over her night and day. Caring for her gave him the comfort of showing his love.

Like my friend, the royal official whose son was ill faced a heartbreaking situation. So, the wealthy aristocrat—and father—does something extraordinary: he approaches Jesus and asks a favor, even though Jesus has no home, no purse, not even an extra pair of sandals. The royal official receives a gift even greater than he requested.

“Go; your son will live.” Those joyful words come true in an even deeper sense. Jesus heals not only the son but also the official’s whole household. They believe! May our love for others open our hearts to the gift of life that Jesus offers to all who turn to him.

MOVING FORWARD: When have you received far more than you asked for or expected? Thank God for the bounty and blessing.

PRAY for the Diocese of Medak, South India

Ps 102 * 107:1-32 | Judges 14:20—15:20 | Acts 7:17-29 | John 4:43-54

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