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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for May 30, 2022

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MONDAY, May 30

Joshua 1:9b Be strong and courageous; do not be frightened or dismayed, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go.

After the resurrection, Jesus appeared first to Mary Magdalene, from whom we are told that he had cast out seven demons. We do not know what these demons were—some accounts say the demons symbolize mental illness; others contend the demons could be issues of anxiety or fear, greed, or desire for wealth or status. Or maybe they were actual demons, not bits of the human condition we describe as “demons.”

We do not know the what, when, where, or even how of these demons, but we do know that Jesus cast them out completely. Mary Magdalene is the first person to encounter the risen Christ, the first to “go and tell” others the Good News of Jesus’s Resurrection. We know her not as Mary the tormented but as Mary Magdalene, literally one who comes from a very strong and lofty place.

Mary Magdalene is the ultimate Joshua 1:9 story. Be strong and courageous, do not be frightened or dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.

MOVING FORWARD: Are you wrestling with demons? Ask for Jesus's help in casting them out.

PRAY for the Diocese of Lucknow (North India)

Ps 89:1-18 * 89:19-52 | Joshua 1:1-9 | Ephesians 3:1-13 | Matthew 8:5-17

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