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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for December 29, 2019

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SUNDAY, December 29                           1 Christmas

Galatians 4:6-7 And because you are children, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying, “Abba! Father!” So you are no longer a slave but a child, and if a child then also an heir, through God.

How against our very adult sensibilities it is to cry out to God as if a giddy child to a beloved parent. But God does indeed have for us perfect parental love—that unconditional, heart-bursting-out-of-your-chest love, a love that is deeply personal, bottomless, and abundantly flowing. Jesus’ word for “Daddy” is “Abba.”

A friend of mine tells the story of returning home after a long trip and feeling guilty over the travel demands of his work. Any fear of an icy welcome was obliterated when his young daughter threw her arms around him, “I love you, Daddy!” He couldn’t help but ask, “Why do you love me, honey?” She answered simply, “Because you’re my daddy!”

MOVING FORWARD: Spend some time with the person you love most today. Let them know you love them, just because.

PRAY for the Dioceses of Gahini (Rwanda) and Gambia (West Africa)

Ps 147 or 147:13-21 | Isaiah 61:10—62:3 | Galatians 3:23-25; 4:4-7 | John 1:1-18

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