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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for August 4, 2019

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SUNDAY, August 4                                    8 Pentecost

Ecclesiastes 1:14 I saw all the deeds that are done under the sun; and see, all is vanity and a chasing after wind.

All things pass away, and our priorities change over time. As we grow older, we realize that the toy at Christmas, the crush on that person, or the effort to make more money matter less than they used to. Not that those things weren’t or aren’t important—it’s just that with time, some things lose their meaning.

But the gift of our faith in God is this: We know that the changes and chances of life are not meaningless. We live amidst things that are passing away—and we ourselves will pass away—but this doesn’t mean nothing matters.

We are one with God—the One who creates, redeems, and sanctifies us. We are united with each another in the eternal heart of God. Eternal life begins now, and we are invited to rest in God’s eternal changelessness.

MOVING FORWARD: Do some research on mindfulness. How can you bring aspects of this discipline into your prayer time?

PRAY for the Diocese of Riverina (Australia)

Ps 107:1-9, 43 or 49:1-11 | Hosea 11:1-11 or Ecclesiastes 1:2, 12-14; 2:18-23 | Colossians 3:1-11 | Luke 12:13-21

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