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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for September 5, 2020

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SATURDAY, September 5                            Katharina Zell

John 10:4-5 When he has brought out all his own, he goes ahead of them, and the sheep follow him because they know his voice. They will not follow a stranger, but they will run from him because they do not know the voice of strangers.

God calls us into many kinds of relationships: with God’s heart, with God’s creation, with the people around us, and with ourselves. These relationships can give life and joy—and they can take it away. The thief can sound like the shepherd, especially in a world where we are so hungry for connection, for anyone to say our name and speak a kind word.

The relationships and connections that bind to the fold and to the shepherd look and sound like this: friendships that help us to know ourselves better, communities that empower us to be more present to our loved ones, self-knowledge that shows us God alive and at work in all of it. The shepherd calls and ties us together with love, at every level of relationship.

MOVING FORWARD: Call your best friend today.

PRAY for the Anglican Communion in Japan

Ps 30, 32 * 42, 43 | Job 22:1-4, 21—23:7 | Acts 13:26-43 | John 10:1-18

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