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 - January 19, 2018

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 ...
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The Feast Day of Wulfstan of Worcester

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 ...
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Forward Day By Day - January 18, 2018

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 ...
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Manifesting the Kingdom of Heaven

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 ...
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Forward Day By Day - January 17, 2018

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 ...
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God calling

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 ...
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Forward Day By Day - January 16, 2018

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 ...
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Our father who art in heaven …

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 ...
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Forward Day By Day - January 15, 2018

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 ...
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Repent and Follow

Repent and Follow

The post Repent and Follow appeared first on d365 Daily Devotionals. This post appeared here first: Repent and Follow [D365 Daily Devotions] ...
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Why Confirmation and what has it to do with the Holy Spirit?

Why Confirmation and what has it to do with the Holy Spirit?

When Jesus went to the Jordan River to be baptized by his cousin John it was much simpler. Water washed away the sins of the ...
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Forward Day By Day - January 14, 2018

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,” ...
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A Call to Adventure

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 ...
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Forward Day By Day - January 13, 2018

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 ...
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Epiphany Fireflies

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 ...
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Forward Day By Day - January 12, 2018

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 ...
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Hero of the Moment

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 ...
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Forward Day By Day - January 11, 2018

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 ...
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Vowing to Follow

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 ...
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Shine

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: ...
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