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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for April 29, 2022

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FRIDAY, April 29        Catherine of Siena

Exodus 16:28-29 The LORD said to Moses, “How long will you refuse to keep my commandments and instructions? See! The LORD has given you the sabbath, therefore on the sixth day he gives you food for two days; each of you stay where you are; do not leave your place on the seventh day.”

I have lived in New York City and in San Francisco, California. One similarity they share is work cultures that tend to be unhealthy. Finance types working on Wall Street and tech types at Apple, Google, and Facebook in the Bay Area endure long hours and unreasonable expectations.

Working for the church is not all that different. As a church employee, I can easily get caught in the trap of always doing. I can fall into the mindset that if I stop to take a rest, then nothing will get done. Worse, things will all fall apart. But that is what the world and my ego tell me. It is not the truth. It is not what God is telling me. God says I need to stop and rest to be truly effective and fulfilled.

MOVING FORWARD: Do you need a day (or more) to renew and refresh? Make plans to set aside a full day in the coming weeks.

PRAY for the Diocese on the Lake (Nigeria)

Ps 16,17 * 134, 135 | Exodus 16:22-36 | 1 Peter 3:13—4:6 | John 16:1-15

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