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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for October 9, 2020

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FRIDAY, October 9                   Robert Grosseteste

Psalm 141:3 Set a watch before my mouth, O Lord, and guard the door of my lips; let not my heart incline to any evil thing.

I remember a time in college when I put my foot in my mouth. Our band was going on tour, and the band director announced the itinerary. He mentioned that we would be stopping in a little town called Boerne. I said, “Bernie? What the heck is in Bernie?” The quiet clarinetist next to me responded, “It’s my hometown.”

Oh, did I want to sink through the floor! But that taught me a lesson I haven’t been able to forget. Whenever I prepare to speak, I hope my heart echoes—consciously or not—words like those of the psalmist: Please, God, help me to speak kindly and with curiosity instead of presumption or judgment.

I wonder if Nathaniel spoke with a similar tone when he responded to Philip about Jesus, “Can anything good come out of Nazareth?” Fortunately, Philip’s kind response was simply, “Come and see.” Nathaniel did, and his life was transformed.

MOVING FORWARD: How will you invite God to guard the door of your lips?

PRAY for La Iglesia Anglicana de Mexico

Ps 140, 142 * 141, 143:1-11(12) | Micah 3:9—4:5 | Acts 24:24—25:12 | Luke 8:1-15

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