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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for September 5, 2021

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SUNDAY, September 5                  15 Pentecost

Isaiah 35:6b For waters shall break forth in the wilderness, and streams in the desert.

Throughout my life, I have experienced my share of wilderness moments and seasons, but until 2020, I had never experienced fear in the wilderness. Somehow, I knew that the light would find me, and I would make my way to the other side. But the onslaught of sickness, death, violence, and division in 2020 had me afraid. I wasn’t sure the light would ever find me—or any of us—again.

And then I remembered. I remembered Israelites wandering the desert, my grandparents surviving the Great Depression, and my uncle surviving Vietnam. God was still present to them—and to me. So I looked for the water in the wilderness, for streams of hope running through the cracked desert of that year. This is what I found: I witnessed new life in the baby chicks and resilience in outdoor church services. I found laughter in Zoom meet-ups with college friends and peace and purpose in the soil of our gardens. And I rediscovered that in the midst of ordinary life and extraordinary circumstances is my God.

MOVING FORWARD: Be purposeful today about looking for God.

PRAY for the Province of the Episcopal Church of Sudan

Ps 125 or 146 | Proverbs 22:1-2, 8-9, 22-23 or Isaiah 35:4-7a | James 2:1-10, (11-13), 14-17 | Mark 7:24-37

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