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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for February 17, 2021

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WEDNESDAY, February 17                           Ash Wednesday

Matthew 6:6 But whenever you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you.

As I type this, we are under stay-at-home orders because of COVID-19. Staying at home for so long is an unusual experience for most of us. We are not accustomed to such solitude and may experience it as loneliness or boredom. Yet, these periods of isolation can provide the opportunity and the need to reflect on our lives in light of life’s brevity.

Ash Wednesday, with its focus on repentance and mortality, is the perfect time to follow Jesus’ example of withdrawing into solitude to connect with God, perhaps beginning or deepening a practice that will continue through Lent and beyond.

In times when our outward lives are constrained because of illness, natural disaster, pandemic, or political upheaval, I pray that we connect with the source of our peace and strength and find that our solitude renders us better equipped to follow Jesus and to love one another.

MOVING FORWARD: Read the liturgy for the Burial of the Dead found in The Book of Common Prayer (p. 491). What stands out to you?

PRAY for the Diocese of Antananarivo (Madagascar)

Ps 103 or 103:8-14 | Joel 2:1-2, 12-17 or Isaiah 58:1-12 | 2 Corinthians 5:20b—6:10 | Matthew 6:1-6,16-21

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