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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for May 19, 2022

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THURSDAY, May 19
[Dunstan]

Matthew 6:28b-29 Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not clothed like one of these.

In May, just after the snow melts, the Yampa Valley is a carpet of little yellow lilies. The lilies and every growing plant testify that God makes abundant displays of the rare and precious. The green leaves are full of cells with the pigment chlorophyll, which is used for photosynthesis, a critical process in the cycle of life. As part of the process, plants need magnesium and copper. Both are found in minute quantities in the soil. In a complex process, plants acquire these rare minerals and transport them to the right place to support life.

We rightfully worry about climate change and the increasing amounts of carbon dioxide in the air, yet it, too, is rare. All plant growth, the support of the biosphere in the soil, and our food are based upon the plant’s ability to find the 0.04% of the air that is carbon dioxide and, through photosynthesis, turn it into sugar and oxygen.

Again and again, in all things bright and beautiful, God shows us that scarce is enough.

MOVING FORWARD: Do you move through life with an attitude of abundance?

PRAY for the Missionary Diocese of Lodwar (Kenya)

Ps [70], 71 * 74 | Leviticus 19:26-37 | 2 Thessalonians 1:1-12 | Matthew 6:25-34

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