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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for August 16, 2019

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FRIDAY, August 16

Acts 22:6-7 While I was on my way and approaching Damascus, about noon a great light from heaven suddenly shone about me. I fell to the ground and heard a voice saying to me, “Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting me?”

Even those who don’t know the Bible or practice the faith talk about “the road to Damascus” as a place of great epiphany or change of heart.

Saul, a devout and dedicated Jew, has been rounding up followers of Christ in an attempt to eradicate what he deems a heretical new tradition. But Christ confronts Saul—knocking Saul to the ground and blinding him with a dazzling light. Christ demands to know why Saul is persecuting him.

Saul is so certain that he has been doing God’s work—he must be shocked to learn otherwise. Yet, he immediately recognizes the error of his ways and sets out to amend them. A new creation in Christ, Saul-now-Paul sets out to spread the gospel of Jesus Christ and ends up writing many letters we still read today as part of the New Testament.

MOVING FORWARD: Do you have a “road to Damascus” story? Reflect on and give God thanks for your experience.

PRAY for the Diocese of Sabongidda-Ora (Nigeria)

Ps 102 * 107:1-32 | 2 Samuel 15:19-37 | Acts 21:37—22:16 | Mark 10:46-52

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