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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for September 20, 2019

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FRIDAY, September 20                  Ember Day

Psalm 69:1 Save me, O God, for the waters have risen up to my neck.

On a fishing trip several years ago, I decided to cross a stream to retrieve a snagged lure. What had appeared a benevolent stream was a deceptively fast-running torrent—I feared my waders would be swamped. I knew if that happened, I would be pulled down and out to sea. What a stupid way to die, I thought. This prayer from the psalms immediately came to mind!

How often do we imperil ourselves through the pursuit of ultimately worthless rewards? I risked my life for a $4 piece of plastic. Afterward, I asked myself a hard question: How often have I also risked my soul for things equally worthless?

MOVING FORWARD: When have apparently harmless choices turned out to be unwise? How did you learn to keep your eyes and heart open to wisdom?

PRAY for the Diocese of Spokane

Ps 69:1-23(24-30)31-38 * 73 | 2 Kings 1:2-17 | 1 Corinthians 3:16-23 | Matthew 5:11-16

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