Forward Day By Day – January 20, 2018

My wife is a wise woman. She won’t give me the answer I’m seeking until I stop asking the question. “What do you want to have for dinner tonight? Do you want me to bake this? Or do you want me to grill that? I could broil something else. Do you want to me to broil...

An insight from someone special

Very truly, I tell you, whoever keeps my word will never see death.’ 52The Jews said to him, ‘Now we know that you have a demon. Abraham died, and so did the prophets; yet you say, “Whoever keeps my word will never taste death.” 53Are you greater than our father...

How Episcopal churches embrace ‘radical welcome’

Church member Linda Tarnay, center, cuts the ribbon of the new ramp as her caregiver, the Rev. Winnie Varghese and the Rev. Anne Sawyer watch. The Dec. 2 ramp blessing ceremony celebrated a challenging five-year project to make the historic New York’s St. Mark’s...

Forward Day By Day – January 19, 2018

I was six when the Beatles appeared in the funereal winter of 1964, weeks after the assassination of President Kennedy. The band’s music changed my world. It was unlike anything I had heard before. I played the song, “She Loves You,” over and over in my room, lost in...

The Feast Day of Wulfstan of Worcester

Psalm 146:4-9 Genesis 26:26-31 1 Corinthians 4:1-5 John 15:5-8,14-16   In our Gospel reading for the feast of Wulfstan of Worcester today, Jesus says that he is the vine and his disciples are the branches.  One might say that Wulfstan was a branch that was pretty...

Forward Day By Day – January 18, 2018

When I was thirteen, my grandmother challenged me. Memorize the 23rd Psalm, she said, and I’ll buy you the newest Hardy Boys mystery. I devoured every adventure of Frank and Joe Hardy that I could find, so the words of the psalm were soon locked into place. I knew the...

Manifesting the Kingdom of Heaven

It’s January 18 and I still have my Christmas tree up.  It felt like a very short Christmas season this year, so I can’t yet bear to put away the twinkly lights and the homemade ornaments with their simple, joyous beauty.  The little tree stands in the front window of...

Forward Day By Day – January 17, 2018

For many, the January landscape is barren. A wind from the north wraps around us like a boa constrictor, squeezing all the warmth away. The leaves are gone; tree limbs look like bare arms raised in prayerful supplication to God, stretching into a gray sky closing in...

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