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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for May 29, 2020

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FRIDAY, May 29

Psalm 102:3a For my days drift away like smoke.

How many times have I ended a day bleary-eyed and uncertain what I’ve accomplished? All too often the weeks blur one into another, stacked into months and seasons like cord wood.

Our firstborn graduates from high school this month, and our youngest finishes his freshman year. The days may be long, but the years are short, indeed.

Throughout this psalm, we hear a call to God to respond to our cry, to offer comfort and strength in time of trouble. I am grateful for God’s loving arms when I lie awake and groan, a sparrow, lonely on a housetop (Ps 102:7). But more often, I am not sorting through the ashes but watching the hours and days wisp away, fading like smoke on the horizon.

My psalm-prayer today: Lord, teach me to be as you are with your people, fully present in each moment. Let my eyes see with the clarity of your spirit, grateful for the rising of the sun and the setting of each day and for each person I encounter. Amen.

MOVING FORWARD: Write a list of five things for which you are grateful and post them on your desk or bedside table.

PRAY for the Dioceses of Lincoln (England), Springfield, and Goma (Congo)

Ps 102 * 107:1-32 | Jeremiah 31:27-34 | Ephesians 5:1-20 | Matthew 9:9-17

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