Forward Day by Day

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Forward Day by Day is a booklet of daily inspirational meditations reflecting on a specific Bible passage, chosen from the daily lectionary readings as listed in the Revised Common Lectionary or the Daily Office from the Episcopal Church's Book of Common Prayer.

The meditations are rich in substance and offer a wide range of witness and experiences. Each month's meditation is written by a different author.

Learn more in the Forward Day By Day Readers' Guide.

 

FORWARD DAY BY DAY

Amos 9:3 Though they hide themselves on the top of Carmel, from there I will search out and take them; and though they hide from my sight at the bottom of the sea, there I will command the sea-serpent, and it shall bite them.

As a child, I couldn’t get enough of The Runaway Bunny. Whenever someone would read to me, I’d “read” right along with them: So he said to his mother, “I am running away.” “If you run away,” said his mother, “I will run after you. For you are my little bunny.”

Decades later, my eyes bugged out of their sockets when a priest pulled a copy of the worn book out from behind the pulpit. I’d never put the two together, that this story might replicate scripture’s greatest game of hide-and-go-seek—of God’s search-and-rescue mission.

Although some theologians say the book of Amos is purely a warning for a wayward people and their judgmental God, I can’t help but see love squeezed into the center of the text, just as I can’t help but see the One who chases after the baby bunny, time and time again, and who offers a carrot and a cozy burrow in the end.

Is God any different toward our bunny selves?

MOVING FORWARD: In your life, when have you been “found” by God?

PRAY for the Diocese of Ijebu South West (Nigeria)

Ps 37:1-18 * 37:19-42 | Amos 9:1-10 | Revelation 2:8-17 | Matthew 23:13-26