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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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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God calling

One of my favorite “comfort movies” is a sweet little gem from 2000 starring Edward Norton (who also directed), Ben Stiller, and Jenna Elfman called Keeping the Faith. The basic outline of the film is the friendship between Brian, a Roman Catholic priest, and Jake, an...

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Rector Search: St. James, Baton Rouge

  St. James OTM About St. James St. James Episcopal Church is a multi-generational congregation of 2,321 baptized members. Considered among the larger parishes in the Diocese of Louisiana, St. James reports 1,298 adult communicants in good standing with an additional...

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Forward Day By Day – January 16, 2018

Have you seen the child wrapped in swaddling clothes? The infant Jesus was here a few days ago. How quickly he disappears after the new year begins. Just when we need him most, Jesus has been packed up as if he were tinsel and twinkling lights, just another decoration...

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Our father who art in heaven …

It’s late. A Sunday night after a full day of ministry. A Sunday after missed naps. A Sunday after toys, meals, baths, and playtime. A Sunday with moments of quiet and moments of chaos. Gathered together on the bed we read stories and then we pray. The toddler wants...

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Forward Day By Day – January 15, 2018

Celtic Christians characterize the Holy Spirit as the wild goose, flying when and where it chooses. The Canada geese in my neighborhood invariably fly overhead at key moments in my spiritual journey, as if listening to my prayers. I see a goose alone far up in the...

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Repent and Follow

The post Repent and Follow appeared first on d365 Daily Devotionals. This post appeared here first: Repent and Follow [D365 Daily...

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Forward Day By Day – January 14, 2018

A three-page letter is neatly folded in my Bible. I read some portion of it before sunrise every day. It begins, “To My precious child,” and ends with love from God. I know God didn’t actually type and mail the letter. God nudged a fellow believer to do so. What still...

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A Call to Adventure

John 1:43-51   I am from a small town. It’s called Sweeny, Texas. It’s not the least bit special. Well, it did snow on Christmas Day in 2004 and that was pretty special. People still talk about it. But even with that claim to fame, you might say that nothing good...

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Forward Day By Day – January 13, 2018

The December night was dark but mild. My wife and I walked the country road near our home. We did this every night, a way to leave our work behind. For a mile, Kim was silent. I wondered what was wrong. “I found a lump here,” she said, putting my hand to her breast....

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Epiphany Fireflies

The tree is down, the lights have been put away, the kings have gone to the stable and left their gifts, and here we are. But just because we celebrated Epiphany on January 6, it doesn’t mean that we can now forget about it. We’re in a whole season called Epiphany,...

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Forward Day By Day – January 12, 2018

Of all the Episcopal churches in all the world, he walks into mine. I hadn’t seen Glenn Busch in decades. As a teenager, I had borrowed the Bible he received at his ordination for a youth group activity, and I accidentally tore a page. Forty years later, he was the...

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Hero of the Moment

In the readings for Friday’s Daily Office three of the major figures of the bible are mentioned. First, in the Old Testament reading we have the introduction of Noah. Then, in the New Testament, we have a mention of Moses. Finally in the Gospel we have Jesus himself...

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Forward Day By Day – January 11, 2018

I had never heard of Massive Resistance before I accepted a newspaper job in Prince Edward County, Virginia in 1979. I had no idea the Farmville Herald had written editorials advocating for closing schools rather than integrating them. I had my blue-eyed life neatly...

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Vowing to Follow

Feast Day of St. Aelred Ruth 1:15-18 Ten years into our relationship, Rosean and I were finally able to have a commitment ceremony. Our dear friend Ann Fontaine had been ordained a couple of years earlier, and she was willing to preside.  We invited friends from both...

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Shine

The Collect for this coming Sunday, the Second after the Epiphany: Almighty God, whose Son our Saviour Jesus Christ is the light of the world: Grant that your people, illumined by your Word and Sacrament, may shine with the radiance of Christ’s glory, that he may be...

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Forward Day By Day – January 10, 2018

The Lamb could have run from the slaughter, gone where the hammers and the nails couldn’t find him. But he kept on walking toward John the Baptist, carrying the certainty of the cross in his heart. Jesus knew that Golgotha was the only place where he could find us,...

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Forward Day By Day – January 9, 2018

Our pain comes in many forms: physical, emotional, psychological—these are our “Lazarus places.” Some part of our life has died or is dying—a relationship, a job, something or someone we hold dear. We feel vital threads being pulled from the tapestry of our very...

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One Year: God shows up

It’s been one year since I began this weekly writing. That’s a lot of words. A lot of prayers. A lot of reflections. A lot of time spent wondering if my words even matter. A lot of emotions. A lot of feelings poured onto the page.   I give thanks for the opportunity...

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Forward Day By Day – January 8, 2018

Public schools reopened in Prince Edward County in 1964, but it was too late for many children. Their educational opportunities were gone. Many suffered the wounds of racism and still bear the scars today. But people in the community have begun lighting the way for a...

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Known and Called

The post Known and Called appeared first on d365 Daily Devotionals. This post appeared here first: Known and Called [D365 Daily...

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Forward Day By Day – January 7, 2018

How did we reach this wasteland? God had such a simple dream: We would live happily ever after. Now it seems every glass slipper is broken, shattered, and the shards tear our bare feet. Every apple is poisonous, offered by serpents who promise there are no strings...

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The Magi: seeking the beloved

How dear to me is your dwelling, O LORD of hosts!* My soul has a desire and longing for the courts of the LORD; my heart and my flesh rejoice in the living God. Psalm 84:1 How many of us are doing now what we thought we would be doing when we thought about that as...

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Forward Day By Day – January 6, 2018

For African-American children in Prince Edward County in the 1950s, there were not enough wise men or women. The few who spoke up were ignored. Fear is the enemy of faith. Rather than integrate following the Brown v. Board of Education decision, school leaders adopted...

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Epiphany Gifts

Today is the feast of the Epiphany, a day that celebrates the visitation of the wise men, or Magi, bearing gifts to the Christ child. It is also the beginning of a new liturgical season, one marked by a search for new epiphanies or insights that help us on our...

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Forward Day By Day – January 5, 2018

Sixteen-year-old Barbara Johns was in the belly of Jim Crow segregation, swallowed by white supremacy. “God, please help us,” she prayed in her bedroom in Prince Edward County, Virginia. “We are your children too.” Johns was distraught over the conditions she and her...

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He stinketh

AM Psalm 2, 110:1-5(6,7) Joshua 2:2-9; Eph. 6:10-20; John 11:17-27,38-44 Eve of Epiphany: PM Psalm 29, 98 Isa. 66: 18-23; Rom. 15:7-13   As much as I love the NRSV translation of the Bible, the story of Lazarus is one of those stories where I truly miss the King James...

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