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Forward Day By Day – July 23, 2019

I remember learning Matthew’s version of the mustard seed parable as a middle school camper. The meaning felt accessible amidst a lot of other stories that were hard to understand at a young age. Middle school children grow in such weird ways, and here was this story...

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Forward Day By Day – July 22, 2019

For me, Mary Magdalene represents closeness to Jesus. She reminds me of Jesus’ fragility, his tenderness, his human need to be cared for even in death. Mary is my window into Jesus’ humanity, which I always seek to understand and feel connected to. I can only imagine...

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Forward Day By Day – July 21, 2019

I grew up with a champion hostess. My mother will make an elaborate dinner and dessert entirely from scratch, sometimes even crafting a special table setting. She truly enjoys doing it, and we enjoy admiring and partaking in the fruits of her labor. But we often tease...

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Forward Day By Day – July 20, 2019

The soul’s longing for God can be like missing lunch. You might not know how much you need that communion with God until you are brought low by some deep hunger that is so visceral, it is impossible to avoid. Some days I lose track of time, and suddenly it’s 3 p.m....

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Forward Day By Day – July 19, 2019

Since moving to Seattle, I have come to appreciate a healthy protest. It’s in the DNA of this city to march in the streets. That civic identity has meant that I’ve had quite a few opportunities to witness and participate in this holy discipline. I recently...

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Forward Day By Day – July 18, 2019

We follow the rules to the letter so we can wear the badge of God’s approval. Sometimes, I worry we follow rules so we can mentally and spiritually check out of hard conversations with God. If we observe the sabbath as appointed and follow all the written...

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Forward Day By Day – July 17, 2019

Over and over again Jesus dares to sit with, speak to, or help the unwanted, the outcast, and the “unclean.” Each time they challenge Jesus for these actions, he puts doubters in their place, drops the mic, and stops the show completely. The Pharisees ....(View this...

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Forward Day By Day – July 16, 2019

I love my home in many ways: I enjoy cooking something satisfying and something filling and delicious, lighting a prayer candle, or putting on a favorite record that fills my space with sounds resonant to my soul. I have a great love for feathering my nest, bringing...

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Forward Day By Day – July 15, 2019

I grew up going to summer camp at Shrine Mont, in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia, referred to colloquially as “the mountain.” I experienced radical love and welcome—and the deep reassurance that I was indeed a child of God. As a young adult and a cabin counselor,...

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Forward Day By Day – July 14, 2019

We want people to fall into neat categories so we can have mental shortcuts for how we treat them. Here’s the rub: There are no categories. Everyone is our neighbor. We have to be brave enough to scrape off the labels and forgo the categories we have created to make...

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Forward Day By Day – July 13, 2019

This passage holds significance to me and my fellow Shrine Mont campers. One of the songs in our canon is “Me and Andrew,” which tells this story of Jesus naming his first disciples. As campers, we felt the potency of these words, even if we didn’t entirely understand...

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Forward Day By Day – July 12, 2019

My terrier Oliver is a little guy. He’s pretty sturdy—he carries himself like a wrestler. He has a mouth on him, too. But even so, I feel the weight of love and the responsibility to keep him healthy and out of harm’s way. I keep Oliver under the shad....(View this...

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Forward Day By Day – July 11, 2019

I love the imagery here, suggesting a concerned parent who must save a beloved child from drowning. It has a palpable urgency. By his saving grace, God reaches for us in the moments we most need a rescue from the crashing waves and riptides. My depressive ep....(View...

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Forward Day By Day – July 10, 2019

Brené Brown researches and writes about vulnerability and shame. She talks about the importance of reaching beyond canned responses when our neighbor is in pain or anguish. That stinks…But it could always be worse, right? Many of us are uncomfortable with...

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Forward Day By Day – July 9, 2019

I can’t help but feel angry that the other disciples struggle in disbelief about the message these women share. Jesus foretells his death and resurrection, so hearing from these women that it has happened shouldn’t be perceived as an “idle tale.” These women have...

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Forward Day By Day – July 8, 2019

In place of “Their delight is in the law of the Lord” writer Stephen Mitchell adapts the phrase to: “They delight in the way things are.” I don’t particularly like rules or being told what to do, but I deeply identify with delighting in the way things are.....(View...

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Forward Day By Day – July 7, 2019

Once upon a time, I was an admissions counselor for my college alma mater. I knew my school was a special place, but I sometimes struggled with trying to convince others to participate in a community so dear to my heart. The possibility of rejection was...

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Forward Day By Day – July 6, 2019

I am stunned by the faith of the “good” thief in this passage, the tenderness of his plea. In the darkest hour of his life comes this aching, dying wish. And I’m humbled by the poignancy of Jesus’ radical welcome, even as he faces his own death. I happened to be...

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Forward Day By Day – July 5, 2019

I’ve told myself this lie many times since moving from Richmond, Virginia, to Seattle, Washington. No one cares for me. I don’t have my family of origin, or the friends I know from grade school, college, or summer camp. I don’t have all my warm acquaintances from old...

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Forward Day By Day – July 4, 2019

The holy mandate of loving the stranger is dear to my heart. I see clearly how it applies to immigrants and refugees, as well as the underserved and hungry in our communities. But I think it’s much harder to live this in the more ordinary moments of our...

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Forward Day By Day – July 3, 2019

Today we meet Simon, full of breathless enthusiasm for the miraculous healing he has witnessed and wanting the opportunity to join in the miracle business. Simon offers money, hoping he can fast track his way onto the apostles’ team. Simon lives in a world where money...

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Forward Day By Day – July 2, 2019

In the middle of a classically gray Pacific Northwest winter, it can be easy to feel unmoored. Bogged down in a heavy cerebral state, I often forget where my help comes from. I analyze my fog, forgetting the groundedness that is found in trusting God. After ....(View...

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Forward Day By Day – July 1, 2019

I am a generational church person. I grew up going to church and youth group and was devoted to attending my local Episcopal summer camp. Church was just a part of life—not something I ever felt the need to explain to people. When I moved from the Southea....(View...

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Forward Day By Day – June 30, 2019

We read this portion of Luke earlier in the month, and we can see something new each time we open ourselves to the Word. Over the last two thousand years, there have been many efforts to make following Jesus more palatable and attractive. Some of these efforts have...

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Forward Day By Day – June 29, 2019

My daughters frequently get crossways with one another, and I cannot count how many times we have said to them, “Now, say you’re sorry.” Many people have the understanding that an apology is necessary for forgiveness. But look at Jesus: He comes to Peter for...

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Forward Day By Day – June 28, 2019

Everything tends toward entropy, disorder, and decay. At the end of the morning psalm, we are reminded just how big and timeless God is, especially when compared to the world around us. The laws of science do not apply to God. The psalmist reminds us that God is...

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Forward Day By Day – June 27, 2019

When we think about greatness, we basically imagine two types of people: those who are great and those who want to be great. We all recognize the egocentric folks and roll our eyes in disgust and pity. In my own field of medicine, I see this egocentrism all the time:...

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Forward Day By Day – June 26, 2019

I was too full after supper last night and felt that way for over an hour. It was not a pleasant feeling at all, and I was miserable until my body started to digest the food. When I overeat, feelings of unease and discomfort dominate my thoughts. But when I am no...

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Forward Day By Day – June 25, 2019

Today’s story from Acts has so much wisdom packed into it. Gamaliel is a well-respected person among his community, and the disciples know him to be a fair man. Gamaliel doesn’t so much back up the story of the apostles as much as he admonishes those listening to give...

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