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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for June 20, 2021

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SUNDAY, June 20                  4 Pentecost

Psalm 133:1 Oh, how good and pleasant it is, when brethren live together in unity!

These words from today’s psalm sting. A staggering polarization sickens the United States of America, my home country, and many other countries.

What would it take to bring us together? One might think a large-scale weather disaster could, but the troubled response to Hurricane Katrina undercut that idea. One might think a worldwide viral pandemic could bring us together. The tension about COVID-19 infection control gutted that idea.

I’ve gotten to the point of thinking that if an attack by extraterrestrials threatened the entire planet, we humans would figure out some way to foul up a collaborative response. As singer/songwriter Jay Farrar says about social conditions in one of his songs, “The picture is dirty.”

I don’t have any satisfying answer to the plague of disunity. All I know is that I have to make double sure I’m not contributing to the problem. And for that, I need help.

MOVING FORWARD: Lord, help me to resist drawing absolute lines between me and others; help me to find common ground and, above all, to love. Amen.

PRAY for the Diocese of Colorado (USA)

Ps 9:9-20 or 133 or 107:1-3, 23-32 | 1 Samuel 17:(1a, 4-11, 19-23), 32-49 or 1 Samuel 17:57—18:5, 10-16 or Job 38:1-11 | 2 Corinthians 6:1-13 | Mark 4:35-41

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