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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for March 16, 2021

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TUESDAY, March 16

John 6:18-20 The sea became rough because a strong wind was blowing. When they had rowed about three or four miles, they saw Jesus walking on the sea and coming near the boat, and they were terrified. But he said to them, “It is I; do not be afraid.”

Many orchestral auditions for bassoon include a solo from Maurice Ravel’s Piano Concerto in G. This excerpt requires the bassoonist to play twelve notes per second for an extended period of time, and the key makes the fingerings quite uncomfortable. When I practice this excerpt, I sometimes get to the point where my fingers lock up, and pain builds in my wrists.

Over time, I have discovered that muscling through the song often weakens my playing. So, what am I to do? I’ve learned that I must relax. I use techniques to relax my hands and arms while I play. Then, the fastest notes come easily.

In a similar way, Jesus reminds us to relax and rest. When we become preoccupied with different issues, especially with things we cannot control, we hinder our progress and performance. But, if we learn to put our faith in Jesus, we find peace in our lives and strength to carry on.

MOVING FORWARD: What is your favorite way to relax? Commit to it for a set time each day this week.

PRAY for the Diocese of Awgu/Aninri (Nigeria)

Ps 97, 99, [100] * 94, [95] | Jeremiah 17:19-27 | Romans 7:13-25 | John 6:16-27



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