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Forward Day By Day – June 23, 2018

I live in a small town with a robust arts community. Painters, woodworkers, potters, and weavers attend to their crafts, regularly showcasing their handiwork and creativity in public venues. I am amazed by how intricate and tactile their work is—the slightest finger...

A Personal Prayer

Great God, Father/Mother, Creator, Loving Jesus, brother, teacher, savior, Gentle Spirit, powerful guide, I honestly don’t know where to start. There are so many things to say that they all seem to be whirling about like numbered balls in a bingo cage. Everybody prays...

Forward Day By Day – June 22, 2018

A friend of mine often says that it’s not the virgin birth or the bodily resurrection that he has trouble believing. He can’t understand the grace of forgiveness. Indeed, the concept of forgiveness may be one of the hardest to grasp in the life of a Christian....

Alban:  Britain’s First Christian Martyr

Readings for the feast day of St. Alban, June 22, 2018:   Psalm 31:1-5 Wisdom 3:1-9 1 John 3:13-16 Matthew 10:34-42   I’m guessing that from the photo of the statue I provided with my reflection today, you have already discerned St. Alban’s ultimate fate.  Not only is...

Forward Day By Day – June 21, 2018

Jesus’ disciples are an ideal small group: enough people to divvy up important tasks but not so many as to lose focus and identity. They are also deeply flawed: naysayers, fickle-minded, easily distracted, anxious, contemptuous, and deceitful. To put it simply, they...

Trust

Matthew 18:10-20   ‘Take care that you do not despise one of these little ones; for, I tell you, in heaven their angels continually see the face of my Father in heaven.’ – Matthew 18:10   Many years ago, when I was coordinator of a state coalition working to end...

Forward Day By Day – June 20, 2018

My friend Jim is an avid hiker. He must enjoy charity cases because he occasionally invites me to join him! I don’t know much about hiking, but I enjoy Jim’s company in the beauty of God’s creation. I have learned two handy rules about hiking: Wear good shoes, and...

Known By Its Fruit

Luke 6:43-44: No good tree bears bad fruit, nor again does a bad tree bear good fruit; for each tree is known by its own fruit. Figs are not gathered from thorns, nor are grapes picked from a bramble bush.   Here we are, on the cusp of the new millennium’s third...

Forward Day By Day – June 19, 2018

As a child, I was taught to eat what was put on the table and to give thanks for those who prepared it—or go without. One evening, I chose to test this policy by refusing to eat and beginning a hunger strike. A patient woman, my mother called my bluff and put my plate...

I Give Thanks

As the birds sing their morning song and the world awakes, I go to the garden to water. Before the day has officially begun, I go to the garden to pray. Before all the other tasks of cleaning and cooking, I go to the garden to be still. For this water, Lord, I give...

Forward Day By Day – June 18, 2018

I’ve heard the phrase, “Just have faith,” used in situations from finding a good parking place to overcoming a grave illness. “Just have faith” and things will turn out in your favor. In this calculation, it is as if faith is the missing variable in the equation of...

Who are the Others?

Monday, Proper 6 Looking through the Gospel readings for this week, I stopped at the one for tomorrow, Matthew 17:22-27.  First there were the cold words predicting the death and rising again of the Son of Man, and it caught my breath as if I had never heard them...

God is Enough for the Storm

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Dirt

by Linda McMillan   Sometimes things are not the way we think they are going to be. They may be much better or much worse, or just much different, but it’s not like what we imagined. I suspect it was this way for Jesus’ disciples too. They thought the Kingdom of...

Forward Day By Day – June 17, 2018

Every Sunday afternoon, I retreat to my favorite chair and read the New York Times, complete with an entire page of puzzles—including the infamous crossword. I start tinkering with it right away and come back to the puzzle for a few minutes each day for the next week....

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