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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for March 17, 2019

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SUNDAY, March 17                           2 Lent

Luke 13:34 Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the city that kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to it! How often have I desired to gather your children together as a hen gathers her brood under her wings, and you were not willing!

As parents, we want to keep our children safe under our wings. We hold our breath the first time a toddler tumbles; our hearts break at teenage disappointments or an adult child’s harsh treatment in a harsh world. And we are devastated when they stumble and fall.

“You never get over being a mother,” my own mother always said.

This is what Jesus feels as he mourns over Jerusalem—and us.

We’re lost, and we’re scared, or we’re running away from his embrace as fast as we can because we want to choose our own way.

Then we cry, “Lord, help!” And Jesus says, “Oh, my dear, let me.”

MOVING FORWARD: How will you let Jesus gather you up and love you into something new?

PRAY for the Diocese of Mityana (Uganda)

Ps 27 | Genesis 15:1-12, 17-18 | Philippians 3:17—4:1 |
Luke 13:31-35

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