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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for May 16, 2022

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MONDAY, May 16

Psalm 56:6 They band together; they lie in wait; they spy upon my footsteps; because they seek my life.

My older brother’s wife was a psychiatrist who did a great deal of work with Vietnam veterans suffering from PTSD. From her, I learned that the part of the brain that controls emotions is much faster than the analytical part of the brain. Our emotions commit us to action long before we even begin to understand that there might be choices.

One day she took a therapy group for a meditation walk across the park-like VA hospital grounds. As they quietly walked, attempting to meditate, she studied the group. None of them had known each other before the session, but they were spread out in perfect jungle patrol formation. In such a formation, the spacing decreases the chance that an initial attack will hit everyone and enables the soldiers to cover each other as they fight to safety.

Long after their wartime service was over, these veterans were still walking through life expecting an enemy at any moment.

MOVING FORWARD: Read Ephesians 6:11-17 and consider how putting on the full armor of God prepares you to make spiritual instead of emotional decisions.

PRAY for the Diocese of Liverpool (England)

Ps 56, 57, [58] * 64, 65 | Leviticus 16:1-19 | 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 | Matthew 6:1-6,16-18

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