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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for August 4, 2022

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THURSDAY, August 4

John 1:46 Nathanael said to him, “Can anything good come out of Nazareth?” Philip said to him, “Come and see.”

Come with me into my garden in the early morning, where the birds sing and the spiders weave their webs. Pause near the azalea bush where the old shed stood and listen to something small and furry rustling in the underbrush. It’s hard to go inside and begin the day’s work after that.

It must have been harder for Nathanael, studying the laws of Moses under the fig tree. Deep in fervent prayer that the Messiah would come, Nathanael is skeptical when Philip interrupts him and essentially says, “Guess what? We’ve found him!”

But when Nathanael does meet Jesus, prayer turns into reality, and Jesus issues the simple, yet profound invitation: Come and see. Follow me. We are called to walk in the footprints that began in Nazareth so many years ago to reach out with love to our brothers and sisters. On that path, the blind will see, and the lame will walk, the hungry will be fed, and the poor will be given their own fig trees. It is on that path that we, too, will see heaven opened.

MOVING FORWARD: How do you show others through your love, word, and deeds that you follow Christ?

PRAY for the Diocese of Mbale, Uganda

Ps [83] or 145 * 85, 86 | Judges 8:22-35 | Acts 4:1-12 | John 1:43-51

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