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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for May 8, 2021

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SATURDAY, May 8                    Julian of Norwich

Wisdom 19:6 For the whole creation in its nature was fashioned anew, complying with your commands, so that your children might be kept unharmed.

This a difficult time to read and write about the mercy and goodness of God. There are riots and protests, police patrolling my neighborhood, and citywide curfews. There is a near need for these words from Wisdom to be literal: that a miracle of miracles would cleanse us all of our hatred, prejudice, bias, privilege, and destructive fear, and leave behind true understanding of the suffering experienced by so many people of color and disadvantage.

In what ways can we fashion our communities anew? So many people want the answer to this question, as if there were one simple answer. Yet many paths can lead us closer to the world described in scripture. We can listen without barriers or assumptions; we can choose to see through an open-minded lens. Find it within yourself to see Jesus in the face of each person you meet, so that we, empowered by Christ, might keep each other unharmed.

MOVING FORWARD: Find ways to expand your circle to include people with different racial or cultural backgrounds. Invite them to tell their stories and listen without judgment. 

PRAY for the Diocese of Bunyoro-Kitara (Uganda)

Ps 75, 76 * 23, 27 | Wisdom 19:1-8, 18-22 | Romans 15:1-13 | Luke 9:1-17



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