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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for August 13, 2020

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THURSDAY, August 13                           Jeremy Taylor

Romans 9:28 For the Lord will execute his sentence on the earth quickly and decisively.

From the Archives: January 27, 1951

What a magnificent declaration of faith this is! Saint Paul had ample opportunity for knowing the danger of things coming in between the soul and God, and it is doubtless out of his own experience that he writes.

Could we make a similar declaration of faith? Doesn’t tribulation or distress sometimes come between us and God and leave us with a sense of forsakenness and defeat? Among those who have suffered or have met with great misfortune, probably most have known the “dark night of the soul” when God is no longer real to them. They may have come near to giving up belief in God altogether.

If and when this happens, we must know that God has not failed us: God’s love is constant and is always there for us to rest upon.

The emphasis here is on the certainty of God’s love. It is for us to hold on to that. Then whatever our experience is—and however hard to bear—we can be “more than conquerors.”

MOVING FORWARD: Have you entered into another person’s labor? How can you thank them for the work they have done, even if you don’t understand it?

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PRAY for your own parish.

Ps 105:1-22 * 105:23-45 | Judges 14:1-19 | Acts 6:15—7:16 | John 4:27-42

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