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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for May 2, 2021

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SUNDAY, May 2                    5 Easter

1 John 4:12 No one has ever seen God; if we love one another, God lives in us, and his love is perfected in us.

I have read this chapter of 1 John over and over again, absorbing it in new ways. Though I believe the words, sometimes I can’t quite feel assured of my own perfect love.

I worry about the times when loving others isn’t at the top of my to-do list. Sometimes it feels like I am too busy to show love. With three jobs, graduate school, community leadership, and the occasional gig, I almost need to write “love others” into my intensely detailed planner every day.

I want love to shine out of me, and so I start with the small things that I can do in the midst of busyness. I practice smiling with my eyes, so that the mask covering my mouth doesn’t keep me from expressing joy and kindness. I clean my grandfather’s kitchen when I am tired—but know he is more so. These are my little love moments, and maybe they are, sometimes, just perfect.

MOVING FORWARD: In what little ways will you show love today?

PRAY for the Diocese of Buhiga (Burundi)

Ps 22:24-30 | Acts 8:26-40 | 1 John 4:7-21 | John 15:1-8

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