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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for August 7, 2020

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FRIDAY, August 7                           John Mason Neale

John 2:4 And Jesus said to her, “Woman, what concern is that to you and to me? My hour has not yet come.”

I can easily behave like Mary, concerning myself with others’ affairs.

I nearly lost myself in caregiving. My concern for others gave me tunnel vision, and I stopped tending to my own needs. I became irritable and unreasonable without knowing it. My relationships worsened.

I only developed serenity by the grace of God and with the help of humans. As I learn, I can change. Today I play caregiver and protector for myself. The Serenity Prayer sorts my concerns. I explore my motivations. I allow people the dignity of directing their own lives. And in a surprise twist, practicing detachment has made me a far better mother than meddling ever did.

God, please make clear my concerns for today, and clear my mind of concerns not mine.

MOVING FORWARD: Spend time with the Serenity Prayer today.

PRAY for the Dioceses of Washington, Mbale (Uganda), and Ibadan, Ibadan North, and Ibadan South (all in Nigeria)

Ps 88 * 91, 92 | Judges 9:1-16, 19-21 | Acts 4:13-31 | John 2:1-12



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