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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for May 4, 2022

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WEDNESDAY, May 4
Monica

Psalm 38:10 My heart is pounding, my strength has failed me, and the brightness of my eyes is gone from me.

While my son was on patrol in Iraq, a man offered him an ice cream cone. At that moment, a sniper’s bullet pierced the head of the man and shattered the security they were there to provide. My son spent the rest of his tour of duty with bloodstains on his boots. Haunted by that event and many others from his National Guard duty in Bosnia and Iraq, my son came home quick to offend, anxious, a shell of himself. For years, he lived the agony of Psalm 38.

After disastrous consequences, my son knows that the Lord has heard his call. The Lord of his salvation has heard him call. With the help of family and community, his burdens have been lifted. But so many others live on the edge, terrorized by horrific experiences of war or poverty or injustice. Their hearts pound, and their strength is insufficient to the pressure.

O Lord, make haste to help them.

MOVING FORWARD: Do you know someone suffering from a traumatic event? Offer to help them find the support they need to begin healing. And always, pray for them.

PRAY for the Diocese of Lebombo (Southern Africa)

Ps 38 * 119:25-48 | Exodus 19:16-25 | Colossians 1:15-23 | Matthew 3:13-17

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