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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for September 29, 2018

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SATURDAY, September 29     Saint Michael and All Angels

Genesis 28:12-13 And [Jacob] dreamed that there was a ladder set up on the earth, the top of it reaching to heaven; and the angels of God were ascending and descending on it. And the Lord stood beside him and said, “I am the Lord, the God of Abraham your father and the God of Isaac; the land on which you lie I will give to you and to your offspring.”

A member of my family of choice recently changed his last name to St. Michael—he shares his birthday with the feast day of Saint Michael and All Angels. As we remember Saint Michael, a being that moved to and from this life and the great beyond, it is fitting to celebrate such an integral member of my chosen family.

In this scripture from Genesis, God marks the land as holy by showing Jacob how frequently and easily angels move among us—the very land that God gifts to him is a conduit for angels. And on that holy ground, God promises that Jacob will always have family. The magic of my chosen family is that it has emerged out of ugliness and hatred and pain and transformed into something irresistibly beautiful. Faced with rejection by your biological family, you are lucky and blessed when a new constellation of family support materializes. Sometimes you have to create what you don’t have or allow it to come as a gift.

MOVING FORWARD: Give thanks today for your chosen family.

PRAY for the Diocese of Ife (Nigeria)

Today the Church remembers Saint Michael and All Angels.

Ps 103 or 103:19-22 | Genesis 28:10-17 | Revelation 12:7-12 | John 1:47-51



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