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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for July 27, 2021

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TUESDAY, July 27         William Reed Huntington

Psalm 62:6 For God alone my soul in silence waits; truly, my hope is in him.

I recently read that our brains think four times faster than we speak, meaning our minds are narrating messages at the speed of six-hundred words per minute! No wonder quieting my mind and soul into a place of silence and stillness seems impossible. My head is often jammering with worries and nonsensical thoughts, future planning, past dwelling, to-do lists, and troubleshooting. I forget that God is my rock, refuge, stronghold, and salvation.

I wonder if Jesus thought of this prayer after he fed the 5,000 and went to the mountain top to pray. He had gone to the shores of Galilee to get away from the crowds and to rest, but of course they ran ahead of him and were already there waiting. And Jesus, full of compassion, tended to the people instead of himself.

But I imagine after the crowds dispersed, and the disciples drifted out onto the water, Jesus walked up the mountainside, breathing deeply, quieting his soul. There he met one-on-one with the Father, in silence, full of hope despite the trials that lay ahead.

MOVING FORWARD: Consider a change of scenery to help you find rest.

PRAY for the Diocese of East Carolina (USA)

Ps 61, 62 * 68:1-20(21-23)24-36 | 2 Samuel 3:6-21 | Acts 16:6-15 | Mark 6:30-46

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