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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for August 2, 2020

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SUNDAY, August 2                           9 Pentecost

Matthew 14:20 And all ate and were filled; and they took up what was left over of the broken pieces, twelve baskets full.

Oh Jesus, John the Baptist was beheaded. John—kin by blood and soul. Learning how his death came to be is enough to make you sick. You need to be alone. You know it immediately. You withdraw.

The people keep coming. You’ve lived and breathed this ministry—and now, when all you want is to be alone—they come asking you for more. You show compassion. You do the work. You give love. Food will not pass through John’s throat again but these people are hungry. You fill thousands of empty bellies with nothing but five loaves and two fish.

You’ll get your alone time with God. Your soul hungers for it. You’ll climb a mountain to get it. Then you’ll descend and walk on water to find us, calming our astonished fears.

MOVING FORWARD: How do you claim time to heal in the midst of life’s demands?

PRAY for the Dioceses of Matabeleland (Zimbabwe), Virginia, and Hpa-an (Myanmar)

Ps 17:1-7,16 or Ps 145:8-9,15-22 | Genesis 32:22-31 or Isaiah 55:1-5 | Romans 9:1-5 | Matthew 14:13-21

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