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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for September 21, 2014

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SUNDAY, September 21      15 Pentecost

Exodus 16:9 Draw near to the LORD, for he has heard your complaining.

“How do you stand us?” my eldest daughter, then twelve years old, asked me one evening as she watched me juggle making pasta with answering questions, assisting with homework, and settling squabbles. “How can you put up with us every day?” she continued. And then added, “And we are good children.”

How indeed to explain to this daughter how I had yearned to have her, and the four years of bitter disappointment before a good doctor figured out the problem and fixed it? How I considered my three children the greatest blessings of my life and delighted in everything they said and did, even on the days when they weren’t being as good as she thought they were.

It is hard to comprehend that God yearned for me and loves me with an even deeper, constant love. But when I read today about Jonah, that querulous prophet, and the endless complaints of the Israelites, I smile and feel the tiniest bit of kinship with my Creator. And on the days when my “good children” did wear me out, I tried to live by the words of Psalm 145:8: “The LORD is gracious and full of compassion, slow to anger and of great kindness.”

PRAY for The Church of the Province of Uganda and the Diocese of Kampala

Ps 105:1-6, 37-45 and Exodus 16:2-15 – OR – Ps 145:1-8 and Jonah 3:10—4:11; Philippians 1:21-30; Matthew 20:1-16



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