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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for July 18, 2019

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THURSDAY, July 18

Mark 2:27-28 Then he said to them, “The sabbath was made for humankind, and not humankind for the sabbath; so the Son of Man is lord even of the sabbath.”

We follow the rules to the letter so we can wear the badge of God’s approval. Sometimes, I worry we follow rules so we can mentally and spiritually check out of hard conversations with God. If we observe the sabbath as appointed and follow all the written instructions, we’ve checked all the boxes. This is an understandable struggle. We’re just trying our best to bring order out of the messiness of being human.

Jesus permits his hungry disciples to pluck ears of corn on the sabbath but the Pharisees forget God’s mercy. God does not want us to follow rules so stringently that we hurt our bodies. God creates the sabbath so we can take care of our bodies and commune with God in beautiful union—a holy timeout from the relentless march of time.

MOVING FORWARD: Do you struggle with striking a balance between following rules and extending mercy? 

PRAY for the Dioceses of Popondota and Port Moresby (Papua New Guinea)

Ps 37:1-18 * 37:19-42 | 1 Samuel 20:24-42 | Acts 13:1-12 | Mark 2:23—3:6

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