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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for May 26, 2017

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FRIDAY, May 26

Psalm 85:10 Mercy and truth have met together; righteousness and peace have kissed each other.

News of shootings, terrorism, and tragedies can make us feel as though the world has turned upside down. These events all feel like they are happening in our backyards, even when they are taking place a world away. When these events occur, we hear a steady litany of anger, sadness, and confusion.

In these moments of world or personal reaction, I rarely hear mercy and truth, or righteousness and peace mentioned together. How would the world be different if righteousness and peace kissed instead of fought each other? What if we didn’t have to choose mercy or justice but could have both? In what space could these things happen?

Perhaps our hearts and minds are that space—our conversations, our homes, our churches, our gardens, our schools, and our communities. What if these ordinary places are the holy spots where truth and mercy meet and get to know each other? What if we, through the ministry of the Holy Spirit, are called to be matchmakers for peace and righteousness?

MOVING FORWARD: Set aside a portion of your prayer time to pray for peace—for yourself, your family, your community, and the world.

PRAY for the Diocese of The Niger Delta (Nigeria)

Today the Church remembers Augustine, First Archbishop of Canterbury, 605.

Ps 85, 86 * 91, 92 | Ezekiel 1:28—3:3 | Hebrews 4:14—5:6 | Luke 9:28-36



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