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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for January 19, 2023

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THURSDAY, January 19      WULFSTAN OF WORCESTER, Bishop, 1095

Psalm 37:4 Take delight in the Lord, and he shall give you your heart’s desire.

I was once taught that translation was making the past speak to us. I was inspired to study ancient Greek in school because it gave me a very small window into the time of Jesus and his disciples. Over the years, I’ve learned that our individual translations are equally as powerful. The Holy Spirit continues to breathe life into the words of Holy Scripture, allowing them to speak to our circumstances.

So, it is a delight and surprise whenever I hear a familiar verse in a new way. I remember a sermon where the preacher changed the emphasis in today’s psalm: “God shall give you your heart’s desires.” I’d always understood it as God answering our prayers. Suddenly, I heard it in a new light: I often don’t even know what the desires of my heart are. I do not know what tomorrow will bring, much less my future. But God does. All these things are dear to the heart of God. God is the very author of all love and goodness in our lives. Draw near to God in prayer, and God will reveal the desires of your heart to you.

MOVING FORWARD: Can you recall a time when a sermon or reflection prompted you to think of scripture in a new way?

PRAY for the Diocese of Oyo (Nigeria)

Today the Church remembers .

Ps 37:1-18 * 37:19-42 | Isaiah 45:5-17 | Ephesians 5:15-33 | Mark 4:21-34

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