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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for October 16, 2020

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FRIDAY, October 16                           Hugh, Nicholas, and Thomas

Ecclesiasticus 1:3 The height of heaven, the breadth of the earth, the abyss, and wisdom—who can search them out?

I’m fortunate to live within a day’s drive of two abysses: Arizona’s Grand Canyon and Wall Street, a desert pathway surrounded by vertical, towering orange walls on a well-traveled hike in Bryce Canyon, Utah.

It is virtually impossible to see Wall Street from the top of the canyon, but it takes less than half an hour’s walk—descending 500 vertical feet—to reach it. Conversely, the river at the bottom of the Grand Canyon is visible from the top, but the trail to the bottom is more than eight miles long and the elevation drops 5,000 feet.

Some think of an abyss as bottomless, but even the deepest has a floor. What is challenging is understanding the true immensity of an abyss. This is Sirach’s point. He equates an abyss with wisdom because, with both, we cannot grasp the whole. At any given time, we can only know in part. There is always more to see and learn.

MOVING FORWARD: Are you facing an abyss of sorts in your own life? Pray for God’s strength, courage, and patience to navigate through the known and unknown.

PRAY for the Church of the Province of Myanmar

Ps 16, 17 * 22 | Ecclesiasticus 1:1-10, 18-27 | Acts 28:1-16 | Luke 9:28-36

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