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Forward Day By Day – March 21, 2019

When I was a junior in high school, my grandfather died, and my grandmother came to live with us. By the time I left for college, I decided I did not like old people. Now I am one. My husband and I are in relatively....(View this reading and more resources for prayer...

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Forward Day By Day – March 20, 2019

Do you want to be made well? Of course! Or is Jesus asking this man something even deeper and more crucial? The sick man has been sitting near the pool every day for thirty-eight years, with no one to help him into the water. Has he not asked? Has h....(View this...

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Forward Day By Day – March 19, 2019

“My Father’s house…” For 12 years this boy has been at my side in the carpenter shop, my hands guiding his. I had almost forgotten the angels, the stable, the strange visitors, the terror of escaping Herod’s soldiers, and the journey to Egypt...and th....(View this...

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Forward Day By Day – March 18, 2019

Life is a group project. I wouldn’t be doing what I’m doing without family, friends, teachers, and mentors. Where would I be without strangers who have grown and harvested my food, kept me healthy, built the house I live in, and invented the computer on which I write...

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Forward Day By Day – March 17, 2019

As parents, we want to keep our children safe under our wings. We hold our breath the first time a toddler tumbles; our hearts break at teenage disappointments or an adult child’s harsh treatment in a harsh world. And we are devastated when they stumble and...

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Forward Day By Day – March 16, 2019

As we grow older, we are less likely to recognize thirst. We may think we’re hungry or tired long before we realize we are becoming dehydrated and need a drink of water. We can easily fail to recognize our spiritual dehydration too, until we are parched and find...

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Forward Day By Day – March 15, 2019

How does it feel to have a clean heart and a right spirit? Years ago, I found myself leaving a church position because the rector and I were simply at odds. That priest eventually left the parish; I went on to become director of communications for our diocese. For...

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Forward Day By Day – March 14, 2019

One of my treasures hangs on our living room wall. On this canvas painted by my uncle is a large red rock amid other rocks in a fast-flowing stream. He captured the light and power of the rapids beautifully. When I read this verse, I picture Uncle Joe’s...

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Forward Day By Day – March 13, 2019

After church one Sunday, a fairly new member exclaimed to several of us, “I love this church! There are so many real born-again Christian people!” I do not match the criteria for what many people mean by born-again. “Oh,” ....(View this reading and more resources for...

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Forward Day By Day – March 12, 2019

At a conference I attended, the leader of a gospel choir pointed out that many of us were clapping wrong. In gospel music—as in most African musical traditions and most of today’s popular music—the clap is on the off-beat, not the downbeat. After some practice, I...

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Forward Day By Day – March 11, 2019

It’s been a rough winter. The world is troubled, and there are messages from friends dealing with difficulties—illnesses and deaths, family crises, disappointing changes—so much grief. I’ve been fighting colds and allergies and currently have pink eye. My ....(View...

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Forward Day By Day – March 10, 2019

For many years we were members of a neighborhood church with a rapidly growing Afro-Caribbean population. With the influx of West Indian Anglicans, we needed to build a larger space for worship. Our rector sadly told us that the diocesan committee had refused our...

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Forward Day By Day – March 9, 2019

The phrase “toxic masculinity” has become part of the conversation about forms of violence in our society. Toxic masculinity excuses bad behavior with the adage “Boys will be boys.” This approach isn’t helpful for any of us, boys or otherwise, especially when it...

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Forward Day By Day – March 8, 2019

I was named Mary for my father’s mother, and my middle name is Miller, my maternal grandmother’s maiden name. Until I was five or six, I was called Mary Miller—which I hated. Like a number of women of my generation, I took my husband’s last name when we...

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2019 Carbon Footprint Reduction Lenten Challenge

  Do you know your carbon footprint? The average American person produces 16.4 metric tons of CO2 per year. (Source: https://greenliving.lovetoknow.com/What_Is_the_Average_Carb…) What is a carbon footprint? It is the measure of greenhouse gases that one is...

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Forward Day By Day – March 7, 2019

Most days I haven’t been out of bed very long before I catch sight of a headline on my phone or the front page of the newspaper and plunge headlong into fretting because of evildoers. This seems a particularly dark time in our country.Surely, we aren’t supposed to let...

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Forward Day By Day – March 6, 2019

Growing up Presbyterian, I don’t recall observing Ash Wednesday, much less fasting. As an adult Episcopalian, I decided that since gluttony is one of my more obvious sins, not eating on Ash Wednesday would be an appropriate discipline. For several years, I set dinner...

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Forward Day By Day – March 5, 2019

The scholars ponder: The DivineIndwells—or not? The bread and wine.Of God’s “real presence,” I’ve no doubt;my own, I’m not so sure about.Paying attention is not easy. In conversation, even with those dear to me, I often realize....(View this reading and more resources...

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Forward Day By Day – March 4, 2019

A group of us were hiking up a mountain trail, and the trail markings suddenly seemed confusing. We headed in one direction, then quickly retraced our steps. As we debated our options, a woman came up the path behind us. She was part of a group of volunteers...

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Forward Day By Day – March 3, 2019

We sometimes see glimpses of transfiguration at a wedding, the birth of a child, or the celebration of some significant accomplishment. “She was glowing,” we say. “His face lit up.”What if we could see that light and recognize belovedness in every face?We live...

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Lenten Offerings 2019

Please join us for one of these Christian education programs, services, and retreats happening throughout the Diocese of Louisiana this Lenten Season. Contact Karen Mackey kmackey@edola.org for additions or corrections to the list. A blessed Lent to you! Daily St....

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Forward Day By Day – March 2, 2019

Last week I organized receipts for all of last year’s charitable contributions as requested by our accountant. Some worry that the higher standard deduction will decrease financial giving to nonprofit institutions. But this concern raises an important question: Do we...

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Forward Day By Day – March 1, 2019

My heart sinks when I read this verse. Perfect? Me? Then I remember that I don’t think Jesus means being 100 percent error-free. The New English Bible’s translation of this verse says: “There must be no limit to your goodness, as your heavenly Father’s goodness knows...

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Forward Day By Day – February 28, 2019

Among the many difficult tasks facing medical doctors is talking with patients about changes they need to make in order to become healthier. We do not like being told what to do, and we are easily offended. But good doctors care more about healing than they do about...

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Forward Day By Day – February 27, 2019

Jesus’ words about the need for reconciliation to take place before public worship are not unique. The prophets repeatedly call for true inward righteousness instead of merely outward expressions of worship. Paul repeats this same warning in 1 Corinthians 11. The...

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Forward Day By Day – February 26, 2019

The story of Ruth is one we need to hear today. We see virtue on display in Ruth, a Gentile refugee woman living the life of a widow in the ancient Near East. The love story we read about—not the one between Ruth and Boaz but one of family love—is centered on Ruth and...

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Forward Day By Day – February 25, 2019

The number twelve is important. The children of Israel are organized into twelve tribes. Jesus symbolically chooses twelve of his disciples to become the pillars in an emerging community of faith, but now only eleven are left. So the disciples find a few qualified...

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Forward Day By Day – February 24, 2019

One day after my fourth-grade flag football practice, Dad made a comment that stuck with me. “This family isn’t known for being good at sports.” He wasn’t saying it to be mean, but it was a hard comment to shake. I couldn’t help but wonder, “If I don’t come from an...

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Forward Day By Day – February 23, 2019

On February 14, 1990, the Voyager I space probe photographed Earth from more than six billion kilometers away. This iconic image is known as the Pale Blue Dot, showing Earth as the tiniest of dots in a single beam of light. Astronomer Carl Sagan gave a moving lecture...

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Forward Day By Day – February 22, 2019

We live in a culture of instant gratification. Most of the time what can be had now is chosen over what can be had later. Our immediate desires overshadow the needs of others. We see this on a global scale. When we are honest, we also see this on a personal scale. You...

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Forward Day By Day – February 21, 2019

A trap has been set for Jesus in our gospel passage today. He asks those setting the trap to show him a coin. As we have come to expect, Jesus’ answer about taxes is brilliant. The coin in question bears the image and title of the emperor. The coin, therefore, belongs...

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Forward Day By Day – February 20, 2019

Early religious expressions usually contained elements of sacrificial worship. Successful crops required making an offering to the appropriate god and waiting to see if it was accepted in the form of a bountiful harvest. If the harvest was good, the same offering was...

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Forward Day By Day – February 19, 2019

Following the terror attacks of September 11, 2001, many of us were introduced to a new safety mantra: If you see something, say something. There is another way to use this phrase, one that humans of all backgrounds have affirmed throughout the centuries. When you see...

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Forward Day By Day – February 18, 2019

This bit of Psalm 89 always reminds me of Jesus and his disciples in the middle of the Sea of Galilee. The sea is calm, and since Jesus has been busy teaching and healing, he takes a nap. As the wind picks up and the waves begin to swell, fear sets in. The disciples...

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Forward Day By Day – February 17, 2019

Noah is a fascinating biblical character tasked with building a giant boat in preparation for a massive flood—one no one else sees coming. Imagine living near Noah when he is beginning to gather materials for the ark. What do you say to a man attempting a project of...

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