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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for May 27, 2022

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FRIDAY, May 27

Matthew 7:26-27 And everyone who hears these words of mine and does not act on them will be like a foolish man who built his house on sand. The rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell—and great was its fall!

The footings for an elevator addition to the city hall were five feet below the existing foundation. After inspecting the forms, I looked up at the black storm clouds and then asked the construction superintendent, “When are you pouring the concrete?” He replied, “Tomorrow.” I told him, in that case, he might want to cover the excavation and keep the water away from the existing footings.

Later, his boss brought a change order for the extra protection. I told him about a two-story masonry house just a few blocks away. To meet the building code, the builder had excavated several feet below the existing shallow footing. The night that the elevator footings had been protected, the masonry house had split in two, and half the house slid into the adjacent hole during the rainstorm. His face turned white; he put the change order in his pocket. He had not recognized the risks. So often, we have no idea either.

MOVING FORWARD: How firm is your foundation?

PRAY for the Diocese of Western Louisiana (The Episcopal Church)

Ps 85, 86 * 91, 92 | 1 Samuel 2:1-10 | Ephesians 2:1-10 | Matthew 7:22-27

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