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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for June 21, 2022

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TUESDAY, June 21

Psalm 97:3-4 A fire goes before him and burns up his enemies on every side. His lightnings light up the world; the earth sees it and is afraid.

The Charles C. Deam Wilderness, outside of Bloomington, Indiana, has long been my go-to place for hiking, camping, and solitude. I was last there for a solo backpacking trip. After hiking in about five miles from the parking area without encountering another soul, I set up camp near the lakeshore, made dinner, said Evening Prayer, and went to bed.

The forecast was for fine weather, but in the dark pre-dawn hours, a fierce thunderstorm blew in, with peals of thunder loud enough to take me back to stormy nights huddled in my parents’ bed. But I was outside and alone. I was belatedly learning that my old tent’s waterproofing had failed. My belongings and I were soaked.

Eventually, the sun came up, and the rain stopped. I made some coffee, said Morning Prayer, and hiked back to the car. Driving home, I realized that the whole time, the only words I said aloud were Morning and Evening Prayer, a fitting reminder of my dependence on God alone.

MOVING FORWARD: When you are afraid, where do you turn? Spend some time writing down passages and prayers so that you might have them at hand the next time you need them.

PRAY for the Diocese of Makueni (Kenya)

Ps 97, 99, [100] * 94, [95] | Numbers 16:20-35 | Romans 4:1-12 | Matthew 19:23-30

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