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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for September 27, 2018

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THURSDAY, September 27

Psalm 116:8 I will walk in the presence of the Lord in the land of the living.

A few years ago, I spent a week in the Taizé ecumenical monastic community in France. Brother Roger, an incredible peacemaker, started the community in 1940, and thousands of people visit each year, seeking spiritual solace. 

The worship style of Taizé features a distinctive form of meditative chant, using repetitive phrases that can be easily memorized, allowing the mind to move into deep reflection and contemplation 

Part of my favorite Taizé song says, “I am sure I shall see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. Yes, I shall see the goodness of our God. Hold firm, trust in the Lord.” To sing those words in a group of thousands of people melting in and out of four-part harmony was a deeply healing experience for me. This song is a decree that God’s reign is for this life. God’s goodness and the goodness God wants for this world is for now, not some time in the future. And that is very good news, indeed. 

MOVING FORWARD: Take a walk today. Talk to God while you’re walking, and be sure to listen to what God might be saying back. 

PRAY for the Diocese of Ideato (Nigeria)

Ps [83] or 116, 117 * 85, 86 | Esther 7:1-10 | Acts 19:11-20 | Luke 4:14-30 



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