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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for April 24, 2022

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SUNDAY, April 24                  2 Easter

Psalm 150:4 Praise him with timbrel and dance; praise him with strings and pipe.

Psalm 150 makes me want to start singing and dancing! It brings to mind lyrics of some of my favorite songs. I have sung their words enough times that I suspect they will remain with me into old age even as other memories fade and faculties fail. I also imagine that my heart and soul will remember how it felt to sing these songs: to recall the feeling of deep prayer and devotion as I asked God to prepare me to be a sanctuary or to experience an overwhelming joy that caused me to lift my hands and sing, “Hallelujah.” In these songs, I remember that being alive in this world means I am in the sanctuary, the holy temple of the Lord.

I listen to Christian music almost every day. It helps me to witness more of the good in the world around me. It helps me to remember and hold onto God during the rough times. It ties the good, the rough, and all the in-between together into a single redemptive story about God’s love for me and the world.

MOVING FORWARD: What songs have left an indelible impression on your heart and soul? Play them today.

PRAY for the Anglican Church of Papua New Guinea

Ps 118:14-29 or 150 | Acts 5:27-32 | Revelation 1:4-8 | John 20:19-31

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