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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for July 4, 2021

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SUNDAY, July 4                  6 Pentecost

Mark 6:8 He ordered them to take nothing for their journey except a staff; no bread, no bag, no money in their belts.

I once saw the following meme on Facebook: Friend 1— “All right, we’re good. I’ve called the hotel, reserved a car, and renewed our passports.” Friend 2—“Cool. Where are we going again?”

I am “Friend 2” in this scenario, always flying by the seat of my pants. But the instructions Jesus gives to his disciples make even me nervous. No bag? No money? How will they get by? Perhaps that’s how my friends and family feel when I show up in a foreign country with no place to stay, no friends, no plan of any sort. But traveling this way is how I’ve discovered beautiful cities, met new people, and learned important lessons about different cultures. I’ve experienced God in a whole new way, trusting my life to God’s care moment by moment.

Something divine happens when we are forced to depend on God through the kindness of strangers; we see the imago dei—image of God—in people we might otherwise never meet, in places we might otherwise never go.

MOVING FORWARD: What do you need to give up so you can travel lightly?

PRAY for the Diocese of Cyprus and the Gulf

Ps 48 or 123 | 2 Samuel 5:1-5, 9-10 or Ezekiel 2:1-5 | 2 Corinthians 12:2-10 | Mark 6:1-13

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