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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for June 2, 2020

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TUESDAY, June 2                           The Martyrs of Lyons

Matthew 13:54 [Jesus] came to his hometown and began to teach the people in their synagogue, so that they were astounded and said, “Where did this man get this wisdom and these deeds of power?”

How often do our expectations lead to our downfall? When the people of Jesus’ hometown see him, they expect the carpenter’s son. And even when confronted with the evidence of his wisdom and power, they still refuse to believe. They have already made up their minds before he ever opens his mouth.

Our own preconceived notions of others and the world regularly blind us to the actual reality God is creating. A quick glance through the Bible illustrates just how often God upends our expectations—humbling the proud and exalting the meek.

But perhaps the least helpful expectations are the ones we place on ourselves. When we expect too little of ourselves, we limit what God will do with us. When we expect too much, we rely too much on ourselves. Keep an open mind and an open heart, and God will shatter your expectations.

MOVING FORWARD: Make appropriate amends to someone for a wrong assumption you made.

PRAY for the Diocese of St. David’s (Wales)

Ps 45 * 47, 48 | Ecclesiastes 2:16-26 | Galatians 1:18—2:10 | Matthew 13:53-58

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