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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...

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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...

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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 and...

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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 Howa....(View...

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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...

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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,...

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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...

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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 i....(View...

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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...

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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 and...

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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 reading...

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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 and....(View...

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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 this...

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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 c....(View...

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Forward Day By Day – June 20, 2020

Our faith is handed down from one generation to the next. We have a lineage that goes all the way back to Jesus, who handed it on to the apostles and sent them out. You and I are a part of that line, and it is our responsibility to hand on our faith to those who will...

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Forward Day By Day – June 19, 2020

The children of Israel have been wandering in the desert for forty long years, and they are tired. God has promised them a land flowing with milk and honey, and now they are on the precipice of attaining it. Fortified cities and strong armies stand in their way....

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Forward Day By Day – June 18, 2020

From the Archives: May 12, 1941Yesterday, you made a great promise. In the cold light of today, you may be saying, “I’ve promised, but how can I carry it out? I’ve promised, but even so, I do not see what to do.”....(View this reading and more resources for prayer at...

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Forward Day By Day – June 17, 2020

When I was a young acolyte, I would don an ill-fitting cassock and gather with the clergy and servers before Mass in a small sacristy. We stood in a circle and recited Psalm 43, which begins, “Give judgment for me, O God, and defend my cause against an ungodly people....

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Forward Day By Day – June 16, 2020

The story of the children of Israel wandering in the wilderness sounds like the most dysfunctional family trip ever. The people forget so quickly that God saved them from slavery. God gets mad and punishes them. They complain about the quality of the food—they want...

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Forward Day By Day – June 15, 2020

There is a lovely version of this psalm that has always stirred my heart, set to music adapted from the composer Palestrina that we sing every year to begin Lessons and Carols. The psalmist cries, “Stir up your strength and come to help us.” As soon as Christmas...

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Forward Day By Day – June 14, 2020

In the Boy Scouts, I learned how to tie knots, sail and backpack, cook, and give first aid. But the most important thing I learned was the Boy Scout Motto: Be Prepared. In many ways, this is what Jesus is saying when he sends the disciples on their missions....(View...

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Forward Day By Day – June 13, 2020

God consecrates the tribe of Levi to serve at the tabernacle and later at the temple, set apart forever for holy service. The job of the Levites is to offer sacrifices to the Lord. And the first sacrifice they offer is themselves, their own lives, consecrated to God....

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Forward Day By Day – June 12, 2020

So often, Peter seems be bumbling around, not really understanding what Jesus is saying, sticking his foot in his mouth. Today, as Jesus tells the disciples about the suffering he is about to endure, Peter rebukes him. Jesus is not happy about this and calls Peter a...

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