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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for May 17, 2020

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SUNDAY, May 17
6 Easter (Rogation Sunday)

Psalm 66:9 For you, O God, have proved us; you have tried us just as silver is tried.

The image of the refining fire of God is a popular one in scripture, appearing several times in both the Old and New Testaments. God serves as refiner, burning away our impurities, burnishing us into a fine luster. Of all the precious metals, why does the psalmist—and other writers in scripture—choose silver? Why not gold or copper?

Science provides one answer. According to the Encyclopedia Britannica, silver is prized for its workability and resistance to corrosion. Further, its unusual electron configuration means that silver reflects all light.

The psalmist seems to say that when we allow ourselves to be worked by the hands of God the Creator, we will have a natural and divinely planted hedge of protection, helping us resist the corrosive effects of our selfishness and sin. And we will be formed and fashioned into something more beautiful, reflecting all the light of God’s love.

MOVING FORWARD: Do a little bit of your own research about silver. Explore where (and why!) it appears in other places in scripture.

PRAY for the Dioceses of Lake Rukwa and Southern Highlands (both Tanzania) and Gitega (Burundi)

Ps 66:7-18 | Acts 17:22-31 | 1 Peter 3:13-22 | John 14:15-21

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