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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for May 26, 2020

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TUESDAY, May 26                  Augustine of Canterbury

Ephesians 3:20-21 Now to him who by the power at work within us is able to accomplish abundantly far more than all we can ask or imagine, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen.

When I joined the Episcopal Church, my first bishop often ended his sermons with these words. During his episcopate, he set bold and audacious goals: for church growth, racial reconciliation, and spiritual formation. But he never believed these goals would be accomplished under his own steam. God was always the engine, driving our bishop and us to new and unexpected places.

Some other leaders in our tradition share this unwavering faith in a limitless God. But I’m most impressed when I encounter this steadfast faith in regular folks who set seemingly impossible goals of ending hunger, housing the homeless, reforming our prison systems, and tackling addictions, and then set about working hand in hand with God to accomplish abundantly more than they can ask or imagine.

MOVING FORWARD: Is there a layperson in your faith community who you can lift up for doing amazing things in your midst?

PRAY for the Dioceses of Liberia (Liberia) and Southwest Florida

Ps 97, 99, [100] * 94, [95] | 1 Samuel 16:1-13a | Ephesians 3:14-21 | Matthew 8:18-27



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