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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for October 13, 2012

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SATURDAY, October 13

Psalm 137:1-6(7-9). O Daughter of Babylon, doomed to destruction, happy the one who pays you back for what you have done to us! Happy shall he be who takes your little ones, and dashes them against the rock!

That is really ugly, but I understand both the grief in the first part of this psalm and the rage expressed at its conclusion. The psalm mirrors my own journey through vision loss. There has been much to mourn in the loss of independence. Grief was followed by rage. “Why me?” I shout at God, demanding an explanation.

People often pray in ways that seem inappropriate. Abraham bargained with God. Jacob wrestled with him. Moses asked “Why have you treated your servant so badly?” Job practically shook his fist at God. It is no use hiding these feelings from the God “unto whom all hearts are open, all desires known, and from whom no secrets are hid” (The Holy Eucharist: Rite I, The Book of Common Prayer). You can’t pretend with God.

Jesus, too, could be angry. He drove the money changers from the temple. Yet he also prayed from the cross, “Father, forgive them…” That is the model for us—to be honest with God and ourselves about our anger, yet pray for the people and circumstances that persecute us.

PRAY for the Dioceses of Igbomina and Igbomina West (Kwara, Nigeria)

Ps 137:1-6(7-9), 144 * 104; Micah 5:1-4, 10-15; Acts 25:13-27; Luke 8:16-25



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