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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for May 14, 2022

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SATURDAY, May 14

Psalm 55:8 I would flee to a far-off place and make my lodging in the wilderness.

I was the right-hand man for a resort developer, and then it all came tumbling down. Some say they were crooks; some say they were so smart, they ended up being stupid, and some say it was a “black swan event,” something unpredictable and rare. Maybe it was a little bit of all three. All I know is that I spent days testifying in legal proceedings and learning that things get nasty when there is not enough to go around.

I ended up unemployed, so my brothers-in-law let me build a fence for them. It rained a lot that summer, and much of the fence was on the wrong end of a trail. A quarter-inch of rain turned a steep stretch from a road into a slide. I spent much of the summer fixing fences on horseback with no one around, just deer and elk. I flew away to the Lord’s high place, and it took a summer immersed in solitude to be reborn. By then, the world I knew had passed away.

MOVING FORWARD: Consider taking a silent retreat in the next month. Spend the time listening to God.

PRAY for the Diocese of Litoral Ecuador (The Episcopal Church)

Ps 55 * 138, 139:1-17(18-23) | Exodus 40:18-38 | 1 Thessalonians 4:1-12 | Matthew 5:38-48

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