Reflections and Meditations

Reflections and meditations on the daily readings from the Episcopal Church, Episcopal Digital Network, Forward Day By Day, Society of St. John the Evangelist (SSJE), Episcopal Cafe, D365.org and the Lectionary (Satucket.com).

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Forward Day By Day - August 18, 2017

Forward Day By Day – August 18, 2017

In June 2011 I started a bicycle trip around the country. I spent one year without flying or driving, to discover how Christians were—or were ...
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Blindness

Blindness

by Maria Evans AM Psalm 102; PM Psalm 107:1-32 2 Samuel 15:19-37; Acts 21:37-22:16; Mark 10:46-52 AM Psalm 102; PM Psalm 107:1-32 2 Samuel 15:19-37; ...
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Forward Day By Day - August 17, 2017

Forward Day By Day – August 17, 2017

I came into clergy life through the backdoor. I was working as a musician, and a good friend invited me to play mandolin at a ...
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Listening in Servant Leadership

Listening in Servant Leadership

by Laurie Gudim Mark 10:32-45 Once, when a young friend of mine was grieving the death of a favorite aunt, I asked her what she ...
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The sanctity of speech

The sanctity of speech

The first Person to speak in our shared scriptures, appropriately, is God. “Let there be light,” God said, in the first chapter of Genesis. And ...
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Forward Day By Day - August 16, 2017

Forward Day By Day – August 16, 2017

In various parts of the Spanish-speaking world, a parent will occasionally use the formal second person “usted” with their own children. Usually, this happens when ...
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Forward Day By Day - August 15, 2017

Forward Day By Day – August 15, 2017

For years, I thought the Beatles’ song “Let It Be” was an anthem of passive acceptance. My theory seemed affirmed by the song’s vague and ...
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Waiting

Waiting

by Kimberly Knowle-Zeller As I write this it’s currently July. A hot July in Missouri. A hot July in which I am pregnant. I’m in ...
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Forward Day By Day - August 14, 2017

Forward Day By Day – August 14, 2017

A few years ago, a friend’s wife was diagnosed with Stage IV pancreatic cancer—typically a death sentence. But she made a miraculous, full recovery. Today ...
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Beginning Again

Beginning Again

The post Beginning Again appeared first on d365 Daily Devotionals. This post appeared here first: Beginning Again [D365 Daily Devotions] ...
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Birthing Justice

Birthing Justice

by Sarah Brock Readings for the Feast Day of Jonathan Myrick Daniels: Psalm 85:7-13 Proverbs 4:20-27; Galatians 3:22-28; Luke 1:46-55 “My soul doth magnify the ...
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Forward Day By Day - August 13, 2017

Forward Day By Day – August 13, 2017

As a surfer, I have recently learned the art of long boarding—riding very big boards in small surf. For traditional long boarders, the apex of ...
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A Tale of Two Storms

A Tale of Two Storms

by Linda McMillan Matthew 14 On the last leg of my recent summer vacation I visited a city called Sanya, on the island of Hinan ...
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Forward Day By Day - August 12, 2017

Forward Day By Day – August 12, 2017

I am in the process of moving my wife and our two young children from a city where we have friends, jobs, and resources to ...
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Lady With the Lamp

Lady With the Lamp

by Linda Ryan The year I was in third grade was a rough year. I seemed to catch just about every disease that came down ...
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Forward Day By Day - August 11, 2017

Forward Day By Day – August 11, 2017

I’m somewhere in there—somewhere in that crowd that Jesus finds arguing. I am trying to help, but I end up confused. Most of the time, ...
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Enough

Enough

by Kristin Fontaine Immediately the father of the child cried out, “I believe; help my unbelief!” ~Mark 9:24 The above quote is from the gospel ...
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Forward Day By Day - August 10, 2017

Forward Day By Day – August 10, 2017

I have never witnessed anything quite like the beating the sons of Sceva receive in our reading from Acts. I have never come across “itinerant ...
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Rising from the Dead?

Rising from the Dead?

by Laurie Gudim Mark 9:2-13 So they kept the matter to themselves, questioning what this rising from the dead could mean.   – Mark 9:10 ...
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Forward Day By Day - August 9, 2017

Forward Day By Day – August 9, 2017

David longs to express his love for Jonathan by reaching out to someone from his deceased friend’s family. The only one remaining is Mephibosheth—a crippled, ...
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