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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for June 9, 2021

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WEDNESDAY, June 9                  Columba of Iona

2 Corinthians 11:32-33 In Damascus, the governor under King Aretas guarded the city of Damascus in order to seize me, but I was let down in a basket through a window in the wall, and escaped from his hands.

My hiking boot shifted suddenly by a few millimeters. I immediately recovered from the misstep, which could have sent me freefalling to my death.

This scenario has unfolded frequently when I’ve climbed peaks in the Rocky Mountains. At times, I’ve been so rattled on some steep slopes that my lower leg has pumped like a piston, and my heart raced like it was in overdrive. When I finally get to safe ground, I feel like both a fool and the luckiest man alive.

Paul knows close calls, too. In today’s passage, he tells of his narrow (and unusual) escape. I’m sure Paul thanked God for this escape. We need to follow Paul’s example and thank God after we survive our various perils. It’s too easy to simply chalk our deliverances up to luck or to minimize them afterward. God saves our hides, perhaps scores of times in our lives—especially when we don’t even realize the intervention. “Thank you, God!” is in order every time.

MOVING FORWARD: When you have a close call, say, “Thank you, God!”

PRAY for the Diocese of Chester (England)

Ps 72 * 119:73-96 | Deuteronomy 31:30—32:14 | 2 Corinthians 11:21b-33 | Luke 19:11-27

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