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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for May 18, 2020

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MONDAY, May 18                  Rogation Day

Matthew 13:10 Then the disciples came and asked him, “Why do you speak to them in parables?”

Tell me a story, she begs. And I don’t think it’s just because she’s trying to postpone bedtime. At least, that’s not the complete reason. As I weave a story, part fantasy, part recollection, my sweet daughter curls into me.

Tell me a story, he asks. As the campfire flickers, I frankenstein a ghost story from the horror flicks of my childhood—and my son listens, bewitched by the tale.

We are hardwired for story. Jesus knows this. He knows that stories about a wandering son or a lost sheep or seeds sown on rocky soil will soak into our psyches, shaping our lives as his followers. Imagine how different our reaction would be if Jesus simply said: Forgiveness is important; so too is having a deep faith. The End.

Jesus speaks in parables so that the lessons of faith are not rote recitations but lived experiences—so we can understand that the greatest story ever told is about the love that never ends.

MOVING FORWARD: What is your favorite parable? Share it with a new friend this week.

PRAY for the Dioceses of Lango (Uganda), Southern Malawi, and Glasgow & Galloway (Scotland)

Ps 80 * 77, [79] | Leviticus 25:35-55 | Colossians 1:9-14 | Matthew 13:1-16

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