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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for October 17, 2013

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THURSDAY, October 17

Psalm 18:1-20. I called upon the LORD in my distress and cried out to my God for help.

A young man who often ridiculed his parents for believing in the power of prayer found himself in a difficult situation that changed his mind in an instant. In the midst of a hiking trip, he slipped at the edge of a cliff and frantically waved his arms in the air until he was able to grab on to a branch on the side of the cliff. He immediately cried out, “Thank you, Lord, for helping me.”

When he looked down, there was still quite a ways to go, so he began to practice his newfound faith in prayer by shouting, “Lord, Lord, please help me!”

A voice from heaven finally responded, “Son, if you really want to see me, you have to let go…”

Then the young man called out, “Help! Are there any other suggestions out there?”

Often when we pray with the psalms, we connect with the cry for help and the lament or anguish expressed. We make the connection because human experience has caused us to feel what the psalmist is expressing. Yet we must never forget that God does listen, even if we are not ready to accept the response we may receive in prayer.

PRAY for the Diocese of Terekeka (Sudan)

Today the Church remembers Ignatius, Bishop of Antioch, and Martyr, c. 115.

Ps 18:1-20 * 18:21-50; Jeremiah 38:1-13; 1 Corinthians 14:26-33a, 37-40; Matthew 10:34-42

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