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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for June 16, 2020

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TUESDAY, June 16                           Joseph Butler

Numbers 11:10 Moses heard the people weeping throughout their families, all at the entrances of their tents. Then the Lord became very angry, and Moses was displeased.

The story of the children of Israel wandering in the wilderness sounds like the most dysfunctional family trip ever. The people forget so quickly that God saved them from slavery. God gets mad and punishes them. They complain about the quality of the food—they want meat, not just bread.

God barks back, offering them so much meat it will come out of their nostrils. Moses is stuck in the middle of it all. It’s a miracle they make it through the wilderness at all. The story is ridiculous. But there’s also something kind of wonderful about it, because it’s a relationship.

The mess is exactly what we were made for—to be in relationship with our creator. And that doesn’t just mean beautiful prayers and peaceful words. It means living into the reality that life is messy, and it’s even messier together. But it’s also better together.

MOVING FORWARD: Say something difficult to God today. And then ask God to say something difficult back to you.

PRAY for the Lusitanian Church (Portugal) and the Diocese of Tanga (Tanzania)

Ps 78:1-39 * 78:40-72 | Numbers 11:1-23 | Romans 1:16-25 | Matthew 17:22-27



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