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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for August 8, 2022

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MONDAY, August 8
[Dominic]

John 3:8-9 “The wind blows where it chooses, and you hear the sound of it, but you do not know where it comes from or where it goes. So it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit.” Nicodemus said to him, “How can these things be?”

“How can these things be?” That is a question we might have asked in Bible study class. Our leader, a knowledgeable and understanding priest, welcomed questions, both foolish and wise. We were like Nicodemus, sitting in the presence of spirit and knowledge, daring to say what we felt.

Eventually, we went our separate ways, but the class profoundly affected each of us. Nicodemus, who came to Jesus at night and asked important questions, learned firsthand about God’s presence. We came to class and, in learning to be honest and open in our questions, found a guide to enlightenment.

Later in life, when Nicodemus faced hostile crowds, he dared to advocate listening to Jesus and, ultimately, to help Joseph of Arimathea with Christ’s burial after the crucifixion. I pray that the wind of the Spirit may blow upon us today as we follow in Nicodemus’s footsteps.

MOVING FORWARD: Find a way to gather with others to study scripture–and ask questions.

PRAY for the Diocese of Mbeere, Kenya

Ps 89:1-18 * 89:19-52 | Judges 12:1-7 | Acts 5:12-26 | John 3:1-21

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