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Forward Day By Day – April 22, 2018

Fear. Anxiety. Uncertainty. Security. Prejudice. These emotions and more prompt us to place labels on people. These labels offer tidy definitions that help us deal with people who are different from us. The problem is that humans are far too complex to be fully...

My Best Friend

  “Your best friend is the one who: seeing him reminds you of Allah, speaking to him increases your knowledge, and his actions remind you of the hereafter.”  — Al-Muhasibi   I want to tell you a story:   There were two close friends who had been parted by war so that...

Forward Day By Day – April 21, 2018

I wonder if we make enough space in our lives to experience holiness. Our lives are much easier if we hold God and other things that require vulnerability at arm’s length. These holy things may be unclean, unfamiliar, foreign, or profane and require a whole-hearted...

Continuing to Remember Ann+

Along with Education for Ministry (EfM), Episcopal Café, and most of the Episcopal Church as a whole, I am mourning the loss of a mentor, co-mentor, editor, friend, and incredible resource and example, namely Ann Fontaine. So many words have been written about her...

Remembering Ann from the SttS Contributors

Although I never got to meet her in person, Ann Fontaine has been walking alongside me almost as long as I’ve been an Episcopalian.  We first met when I was new to the church, around 2006, via the blogosphere.  She later coerced me (in that won’t-take-no-for-an-answer...

Come, Thou

As most readers already know my mom, Ann Fontaine, passed away earlier this week.   To say I will miss her greatly is an enormous understatement. I don’t think I even realize how much I will miss her. I know from the many cards, emails, texts, and social media...

Forward Day By Day – April 20, 2018

All of us will lose something at some point in our lives—friends, family, health, jobs, opportunities, or possessions. Grief is a part of life. Faith grants us not an escape from the deep spaces of certain loss, but a container to hold them and a lens through which to...

Forward Day By Day – April 19, 2018

Biblically speaking, food is more than simply fuel for the body. Food offers space for community and is the direct means of connection, religious experience and worship, sacrament and miracle. Saul takes some food and regains his strength in this holy context. Many of...

Snagging Souls

The Feast Day of St. Alphege   I am visiting our daughter in south Florida.  She has a screened-in porch overlooking her backyard, and I have been sitting out here in the cool mornings to write.  This morning daylight seeps slowly, incrementally, into the world. As my...

Forward Day By Day – April 18, 2018

Philip is compelled by the Holy Spirit to talk to a strange, foreign person parked on the side of the road in the literal middle of nowhere. The man to whom he goes could have been a criminal, a crazy person, anyone. But the Spirit nudges these strangers together,...

The First Apostle

Mark 16:9-12: Now after he rose early on the first day of the week, he appeared first to Mary Magdalene, from whom he had cast out seven demons. She went out and told those who had been with him, while they were mourning and weeping. But when they heard that he was...

Forward Day By Day – April 17, 2018

Jesus comes to save our souls. His work on the cross takes all the junk out of our hearts and discards it, offering us something beautiful and life-giving in its place. We just have to be willing to make the transaction. And that’s a hard kind of will to muster. Simon...

Holy Ground

Sometimes you feel it in your bones. Sometimes you just know. Your breath slows down. You pause. You feel as though time has stopped. You are frozen in place. You want to stay there forever. You want to feel safe. Warm. Present. Calm. Known.   Sometimes you’re on holy...

Forward Day By Day – April 16, 2018

Our stories are deeply and intimately connected to the stories of everyone else we know and many, many other people we don’t know and never will. Our wholeness and our pain are each borne by others in addition to ourselves. Many of us may be familiar with the killing...

Rivers of Living Water

  Today’s Daily Office Gospel reading, skipping the genealogy of Jesus, brings us back around to John the Baptizer, a voice crying in the wilderness, which continues for the next two days. Probably chosen to begin the way to our annual memorialization of the first...

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