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Forward Day By Day – July 5, 2020

Almighty God, who after the creation of the world rested from all your works and sanctified a day of rest for all your creatures: Grant that we, putting away all earthly anxieties, may be duly prepared for the service of your sanctuary, and that our rest here upon...

Forward Day By Day – July 4, 2020

As children, we would climb the roof of our church or walk to the island park a few blocks from home for a great view of the fireworks display shared on the river between Detroit, Michigan, and Windsor, Ontario. We stopped going when fights escalated between people...

Forward Day By Day – July 3, 2020

I am committed to an incarnational faith: that is, a faith that is not simply intellectual and spiritual but one that requires physical presence. Whatever body I have must be part of how I love God. Caring for our bodies is stewardship of God’s creation a….(View...

Forward Day By Day – July 2, 2020

From the Archives: July 25, 1946 From the human viewpoint, the training given to James was wasted: all that time of discipleship with Jesus, all the teaching and example, all the understanding of the inner circle—and then to be killed when….(View this reading...

Forward Day By Day – July 1, 2020

I learned about Pauli Murray, the first African American woman priest in the Episcopal church (1977) from my education professor, a Quaker woman. This civil rights lawyer turned priest broke glass and stained-glass ceilings. In 1941, Pauli Murray began...

Forward Day By Day – June 30, 2020

A Sunday School teacher told me that one of the best things about The Book of Common Prayer was that even when his faith wavered, he was still able to come and join together with the church and to let the prayers cover him. He said that the moments when it was rote...

Forward Day By Day – June 29, 2020

Jesus comes to Peter sitting by a charcoal fire, just as he was when he betrayed Jesus. And Jesus appears to him as he fishes, reminding him of his life before Jesus first called him. But Jesus points him once again away from the sea and away from the charcoal fire,...

Forward Day By Day – June 28, 2020

The story of the sacrifice of Isaac is one of the hardest in the Bible for me to read, especially now that I have a son of my own. The thought that God would ask Abraham to murder his son as a test is horrific. How spiritually and psychologically scarred would Abraham...

Forward Day By Day – June 27, 2020

What is it like to come to the end of an era? What is it like to transition from one phase of life to another? How do we give up those things that are behind us and take up the things ahead? We usually feel anxiety and fear in the face of major changes, as...

Forward Day By Day – June 26, 2020

There is a lot of shouting in our world today. Some of it is good, but most isn’t. Far too often, we shout at one another on social media or in the news, building soundbites but not community or cooperation. We have forgotten what things we should shout for, and we...

Forward Day By Day – June 25, 2020

From the Archives: September 2, 1945 No one can describe fully to another what it is like to be in love. And so, when asked, one hesitates to describe it fully, lest such a personal thing be spoiled in the telling or told to one who will not….(View this reading...

Forward Day By Day – June 24, 2020

When we see the words, “And you, child,” at the beginning of Luke’s Gospel, it would be easy to think of Jesus, born just ten verses later. But this verse refers to John the Baptist and his ministry. “Giving knowledge of salvation” is John’s pra….(View this...

Forward Day By Day – June 23, 2020

So often throughout scripture and history, God overturns our expectations. God picks those who know they need direction and refuses those who think they are already good enough. Remember the stories: When God chooses Abraham to become a great nation, he...

Forward Day By Day – June 22, 2020

Twice in my life, I have made the pilgrimage to St. Alban’s Cathedral in England for the feast of their patron saint. Alban was the first English martyr killed for harboring a priest fleeing the Romans. There is a cost to following Jesus. But here’s the….(View...

Forward Day By Day – June 21, 2020

The Examen is a daily Jesuit self-examination designed to help those who practice it keep their priorities and passions in order. I have found that by praying it in the evenings, I am able to give my day over more fully to God. Praying the Examen helps me...

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