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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for August 30, 2019

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FRIDAY, August 30

Acts 28:9 After this happened, the rest of the people on the island who had diseases also came and were cured.

I would wager that if you asked 100 people to tell you something they know about Paul, not one of them would say he was a healer. Agitator, preacher, orator, persecutor, letter-writer—sure…but a healer?

We can never know the completeness of another person or understand the totality of who they are, what they have done, or what they are able to do. We are not mind readers. But sometimes we are blind to the full picture because we don’t want to see the soft, lovely, kind parts of people who we usually find hard, irritating, or abrupt.

When we go to the trouble of opening our hearts to a hardheaded child of God and we are willing to see with the eyes of God’s love, our perception usually changes. We might even find and offer compassion—and experience the same gift of healing modeled here by Paul.

MOVING FORWARD: We are called to love our enemies but that is easier said than done. Think of someone you have difficulty with, and then write out five good qualities about the person. Perhaps this simple act may be the first step toward understanding and reconciliation.

PRAY for the Diocese of Shyira (Rwanda)

Ps 16, 17 * 22 | 1 Kings 5:1—6:1, 7 | Acts 28:1-16 | Mark 14:27-42

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