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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Welcome to the Bishop’s Lenten Book Study. Outline of the Course

Below you will find a brief outline of the study. Look for Bishop Thompson's reflections each Wednesday morning throughout this Lenten Season starting on Ash ...
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Forward Day By Day – February 24, 2017

Considering Paul’s history of persecuting believers, his choice to forget the past and move into the future is courageous—and a little audacious. Paul knows who ...
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Speaking to the Soul:

by Kristin Fontaine I was reading about Saint Matthias and was struck by how little we know about this disciple. Since he was chosen to ...
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Forward Day By Day – February 23, 2017

When I was a very little girl, it was easy to rest in my mother’s arms, to lean against her heart as she wrapped her ...
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Speaking to the Soul: Sacrifice

by Laurie Gudim Matthew 5:27-37 There is a story of a Desert Father who owned a special book.  It was very valuable, illuminated with gold ...
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Forward Day By Day – February 22, 2017

Christ leads us in a victory procession. As we stumble along, trying to keep up with Jesus, sometimes wishing we could just sit down and ...
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Speaking to the Soul: Failure and growth

by Tricia Gates Brown 1 Corinthians 3:18 Do not deceive yourselves. If you think that you are wise in this age, you should become fools ...
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Forward Day By Day – February 21, 2017

I cannot hide the fact that I have no arms or legs. But I wonder if people see beyond my body, to see God by ...
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Speaking to the Soul: Today I Am Awake

by Kimberly Knowle-Zeller Hymn: Today I Awake Today I awake and God is before me. At night, as I dreamt, God summoned the day; For God ...
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Teach

Our liturgy ends not with an admonition to head out and find a cappuccino and The New York Times, but to go and love and ...
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Forward Day By Day – February 20, 2017

There is no shame in any of the ways our humanity is expressed. It’s not unfaithful, not un-Christian to say we are hurting. Paul does ...
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In Glory’s Presence

The post In Glory’s Presence appeared first on d365 Daily Devotionals. This post appeared here first: In Glory’s Presence [D365 Daily Devotions] ...
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Speaking to the Soul: #blessed

by Sarah Brock  Today’s Readings: AM  Psalm 106:1-18 PM  Psalm 106:19-48 Ruth 1:1-14; 2 Corinthians 1:1-11 Matthew 5:1-12 Blessed are the poor in spirit Blessed ...
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Forward Day By Day – February 19, 2017

Martin Luther King Jr. said, “I have decided to stick with love; Hate is too heavy a burden to bear.” Hate weighs down our hearts ...
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Speaking to the Soul: Be ye therefore perfect

by Linda McMillan Matthew 5:38-48 There is an idea floating around that God never makes mistakes.  Mega-preacher Joel Osteen has said, “God doesn’t make mistakes ...
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Patience

You may be heading into Lent not having had an epiphany – that is, you’re not sure how God is working in your life. Don’t ...
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Forward Day By Day – February 18, 2017

Jesus watches an elderly widow place two coins into the temple treasury. Those tiny coins won’t add much to the bottom line of the temple ...
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Speaking to the Soul: Stability

by Linda Ryan One of the things I like most about Education for Ministry is the theological reflections that we do. We look at an object, ...
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Forward Day By Day – February 17, 2017

Today’s lesson from Isaiah speaks of a new future—not just a future in heaven, but a future for the earth itself. The question for Isaiah ...
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Speaking to the Soul: A new heaven and a new earth

by Maria Evans Isa. 65:17-25, Mark 12:28-34 We’ve probably heard the opening verses of our reading from Isaiah, many times, whether it’s at its familiar turn ...
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