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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for January 17, 2018

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WEDNESDAY, January 17

Psalm 38:9 O Lord, you know all my desires, and my sighing is not hidden from you.

For many, the January landscape is barren. A wind from the north wraps around us like a boa constrictor, squeezing all the warmth away. The leaves are gone; tree limbs look like bare arms raised in prayerful supplication to God, stretching into a gray sky closing in with suffocating intent.

Some days, we are like this world—trees rooted to places that feel barren, where spring and summer have fallen forever. We are wintered, looking down and surrounded by our own leaves. They cover the earth, hiding the way, and we stumble on roots and rocks.

But always, always our leaves return, new growth miraculous like weeds, defying pavement, finding cracks in sidewalks, and growing impossibly toward the sun.

Always, Lord, in the middle of our winter moments, you find us. Every limb of us feels your love bathing us in a gentle breeze. Even the snow looks like communion, every crucifixion uprooted. We are in the garden with Mary, and we hear you call our name.

MOVING FORWARD: Take a walk, even in the cold, and remember that God has purpose for every season and every time.

PRAY for the Diocese of Akot (Sudan)

Today the Church remembers Antony, Abbot in Egypt, 356.

Ps 38 * 119:25-48 | Genesis 9:18-29 | Hebrews 6:1-12 | John 3:22-36



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