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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for July 8, 2019

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MONDAY, July 8

Psalm 1:2 Their delight is in the law of the Lord, and they meditate on his law day and night.

In place of “Their delight is in the law of the Lord” writer Stephen Mitchell adapts the phrase to: “They delight in the way things are.” I don’t particularly like rules or being told what to do, but I deeply identify with delighting in the way things are.

I encounter the need for this gratitude practice often when traveling. I’ve learned to adapt a “go with the flow” approach. This attitude fosters connection with the people around me and helps me to act like someone who loves Jesus.

I missed a connecting flight in Newark and had to be rescued by my uncle who lived nearby. We had a lovely visit, and I saw his neighborhood for the first time. It was such a gift—born entirely from a sense of learning to “delight in the way things are.”

MOVING FORWARD: What practices help you delight in the way things are?

PRAY for the Diocese of Panama

Ps 1, 2, 3 * 4, 7 | 1 Samuel 15:1-3, 7-23 | Acts 9:19b-31 | Luke 23:44-56a

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