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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for January 21, 2020

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TUESDAY, January 21
Agnes and Cecilia of Rome

John 3:20 For all who do evil hate the light and do not come to the light, so that their deeds may not be exposed.

One day, I broke some rule or another. To avoid the act of discovery, I hid underneath our house. My parents weren’t strict disciplinarians, but I decided I wouldn’t be in trouble if they couldn’t find me. The longer I stayed down in the dark, the harder it became to climb out.

When I was finally found hours later, my parents weren’t concerned about whatever rule I had broken. They were just glad I had been found.

Sometimes the shame we carry can leave us feeling like I did, determined to lurk under the house. We may even believe God won’t notice, as long as we stay hidden. But there’s no hiding from God or from God’s love for us. That love and light is waiting for us, no matter how hard we may try to hide in the dark.

MOVING FORWARD: Shame is hard to talk about and even harder to heal. Author Brené Brown has written extensively about it. Check out one of her books.

PRAY for the Diocese of Hereford (England)

Today the Church remembers Agnes, Martyr at Rome, 304.

Ps 26, 28 * 36, 39 | Genesis 9:1-17 | Hebrews 5:7-14 | John 3:16-21

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