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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for August 9, 2020

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SUNDAY, August 9                  10 Pentecost

Genesis 37:27 “Come, let us sell him to the Ishmaelites, and not lay our hands on him, for he is our brother, our own flesh.” And his brothers agreed.

We don’t get to choose our family of origin. We don’t get to choose emotionally mature parents or a healthy household or siblings. We grow into our circumstances and we grow out of them. They are part of our story.

Joseph’s family relationships are complicated. Members have assigned and assumed roles. They have insecurities and motivations. They have different personalities and experiences. His family sounds a lot like mine. I have brothers from different mothers. Our family is woven together, torn and mended. Some of the most intimate familial relationships I enjoy are with members who do not share my blood. They grew from diverse circumstances and flourish in God’s love.

Please God, give me eyes to see beyond flesh—KINdom come!

MOVING FORWARD: What does your family of choice look like? How does it mirror your family of origin?

PRAY for the Dioceses of Mbamili (Nigeria) and Wau and Iba (both in South Sudan)

Ps 105:1-6,16-22,45b or Ps 85:8-13 | Genesis 37:1-4,12-28 or 1 Kings 19:9-18 | Romans 10:5-15 | Matthew 14:22-33



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