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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for July 3, 2022

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SUNDAY, July 3
4 Pentecost

Isaiah 66:13 As a mother comforts her child, so I will comfort you; you shall be comforted in Jerusalem.

No one likes being called “childish.” It’s seldom meant positively; it usually means silly, immature, or thoughtless. That’s always seemed insulting to children. We’re not only God’s children; in Isaiah’s metaphors, we’re babies, toddlers. We nurse at the breast; we’re carried in arms and “dandled” on knees. God will make incredible provision for us through blessing our home, and we need it—because the thing we really don’t like about being “children” is our helplessness and dependency.

My heart has always been drawn to the announcement of the coming of God’s kingdom, the plentiful harvest of believers, the miracles and deeds of power the astonished disciples perform in the name of the Lord. Yet what is truly astonishing is the disciples’ total willingness to be radically dependent—to bring only the clothes on their back, to be completely reliant on whatever hospitality they’re given. Their security doesn’t come from their possessions but flows out of their faith in God and openness to others.

MOVING FORWARD: Do you think of yourself as a child of God?

PRAY for the Anglican Church of Tanzania

Ps 30 or 66:1-8 | 2 Kings 5:1-14 or Isaiah 66:10-14 Galatians 6:(1-6),7-16 | Luke 10:1-11,16-20

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