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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for March 18, 2020

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WEDNESDAY, March 18                  Cyril of Jerusalem

Genesis 45:26a, 28 And they told him, “Joseph is still alive. He is even the ruler over all the land of Egypt.” Israel said, “Enough! My son Joseph is still alive. My son Joseph is still alive. I must go and see him before I die.”

I met Sarah one summer, just as she began to process some horrible childhood events. We walked many, many miles together on those summer evenings. I listened as Sarah shared every last detail of her stories.

With an ordained friend, we shared eucharist one evening. As we said the prayers and remembered the beautiful story of Jesus’ love for us, Sarah cried years’ worth of tears. Summer stretched into fall, and she began to experience visible peace and comfort. Watching her come back to herself and to her place in the kingdom was beautiful.

In our passage, Jacob discovers his beloved child is alive and well. This news is all that is needed to restore his spirit, to lift and encourage him to be Israel once more.

MOVING FORWARD: A good first step in healing our hearts and minds is to seek out a friend, priest, or counselor to help investigate additional steps in our journey.

PRAY for the Diocese of the Falkland Islands (South America)

Today the Church remembers Cyril, Bishop of Jerusalem, 386.

Ps 119:97-120 * 81,82 | Genesis 45:16-28 | 1 Corinthians 8:1-13 | Mark 6:13-29

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