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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for July 29, 2022

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FRIDAY, July 29
[Mary and Martha of Bethany]

Psalm 69:6 O God, you know my foolishness, and my faults are not hidden from you.

Every time we have a big family supper, the same thing happens. When it’s time to eat, the food is on the table, and everyone is sitting down. But my mother will stay on her feet, walking around the kitchen and scanning the counters, wondering aloud, “Are we missing anything?” “Yes,” we always cry. “We’re missing you!”

Martha understood that love incarnate had entered her home. She wanted to greet love with love, to greet Christ’s hospitality with more of the same. Yet, she was so intent on her vision of what it meant to welcome a guest that she couldn’t see the bigger picture. Sometimes in our desire to open our homes and our hearts, we end up with a wall of dishes between us. Our worries are powerful, even with the people we love the most. Often we try to show love through what we can do instead of by who we are. We forget that service can be the fruit of our love and not our fears about whether we are good enough.

MOVING FORWARD: Slow down doing a familiar chore, or invite a loved one to help you.

PRAY for the Diocese of Matabebeland (Central Africa)

Ps 69:1-23(24-30)31-38 * 73 | Judges 5:1-18 | Acts 2:1-21 | Matthew 28:1-10

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