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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for July 18, 2020

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SATURDAY, July 18

Matthew 26:31-32a Then Jesus said to [his disciples], “You will become deserters because of me this night; for it is written, ‘I will strike the shepherd, and the sheep of the flock will be scattered.’ But after I am raised up, I will go ahead of you to Galilee.”

In today’s readings, the children of Israel are on the cusp of entering the Promised Land, the place they have been heading toward for forty long years. The psalms compare physical thirst and hunger to longing for God’s grace and mercy, leaning into God’s promises that have already come true as a way to live into the promises that are still being made good. Paul reminds the church that if we say we love Jesus, we ought to live like it—and he offers some examples.

In Matthew, Jesus offers us nourishment with himself. He reminds us that we will not always be as brave as we think we are or be able to do what we want the way we would prefer. Jesus loves us anyway and tells us where to meet him when we find our feet again.

MOVING FORWARD: How do today’s lessons help prepare you for next steps?

PRAY for the Province de L’Eglise Anglicane Du Congo

Ps 30, 32 * 42, 43 | Joshua 6:1-14 | Romans 13:1-17 | Matthew 26:26-35

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