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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for June 17, 2022

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FRIDAY, June 17
[Marina the Monk]

Psalm 92:1-2 It is a good thing to give thanks to the LORD, and to sing praises to your Name, O Most High; To tell of your loving-kindness early in the morning and of your faithfulness in the night season.

There is nothing we can say in our praises that God does not already know. But praising God isn’t about conveying information; it’s about deepening our relationship.

Marriage is an imperfect metaphor for the relationship between God and people, but in this case, it’s helpful. When I tell my husband I love him, I’m not telling him anything new. But what kind of marriage would we have if we just said our vows at the altar and then never spoke of them again, assuming day after day our hearts remain unchanged? Reassuring one another of our affections helps calibrate our minds and actions so we can maintain those vows against all the distractions of the world.

The same is true in our relationship with God. Keeping the promises we made at baptism is hard work. Being consistent in praise and gratitude for God’s great generosity to us helps us keep those promises and grow in relationship with our loving Creator.

MOVING FORWARD: Who needs to hear words of praise and love in your life? Offer them today—and also to God.

PRAY for the Diocese of Maine (The Episcopal Church)

Ps 88 * 91, 92 | Numbers 13:1-3, 21-30 | Romans 2:25—3:8 | Matthew 18:21-35

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