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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for July 24, 2021

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SATURDAY, July 24                  Thomas a Kempis

Psalm 55:7-8 And I said, “Oh that I had wings like a dove! I would fly away and be at rest. I would flee to a far-off place and make my lodging in the wilderness.”

For many years my preferred method of dealing with problems was to flee from them—sometimes to another state, sometimes across the world. Like David, who wrote this psalm after his companion—his friend—turned against him, I too feel this impulse when I am brokenhearted.

Unlike David, however, I have the ability to board an airplane and go anywhere I want. I often flee by traveling far away, especially to the “wilderness.” But it’s also in the wilderness where I find God.

“Where can I go then from your Spirit?” the psalm asks. “Where can I flee from your presence? If I climb up to heaven, you are there; if I make the grave my bed, you are there also. If I take the wings of the morning and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea, even there your hand will lead me and your right hand hold me fast” (Psalm 139:6-9).

Thankfully, we can rest assured knowing the God of the universe loves us and will find us wherever we go.

MOVING FORWARD: When you feel betrayed, read Psalm 139 for comfort.

PRAY for the Diocese of Durgapur (India)

Ps 55 * 138, 139:1-17(18-23) | 2 Samuel 1:1-16 | Acts 15:22-35 | Mark 6:1-13

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