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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for April 20, 2019

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SATURDAY, April 20                  Holy Saturday

Job 14:7 For there is hope for a tree, if it is cut down, that it will sprout again, and that its shoots will not cease.

In our Old Testament reading, Job is having a personal pity party, feeling his life is hopeless. To be honest, Job has every reason to feel this way. He has lost his children, property, and livelihood. Job is suffering indescribable pain and loneliness.

Along the shoreline in California, it is a common sight to see whales stopping alongside rocks to scrape barnacles off their bodies as they migrate from Alaska to Mexico. The oldest barnacles can sometimes leave deep scars on the whales’ bodies. Like Job and the whales, we all collect personal barnacles—parasites that can strip us of nourishment and joy. Job scrapes off the barnacles of grief and lament, and so can we. Hard times will certainly come, and the scars of life may remain. As we grow to trust God in all situations, our lives will be restored and healed.

MOVING FORWARD: Tell your favorite personal story of restoration and healing to a new friend.

PRAY for the Diocese of New Hampshire

Ps 31:1-4,15-16 | Job 14:1-14 or Lamentations 3:1-9, 19-24 | 1 Peter 4:1-8 | Matthew 27:57-66 or John 19:38-42

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