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Reflections and Meditations

Reflections and meditations on the daily readings from the Episcopal Church, Episcopal Digital Network, Forward Day By Day, Society of St. John the Evangelist (SSJE), Episcopal Cafe, D365.org and the Lectionary (Satucket.com).

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Forward Day By Day – December 13, 2018

Every reading in the Daily Office lectionary today says basically the same thing: Set your heart on what God has shown you to be true ...
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Forward Day By Day – December 12, 2018

I’ve been watching folks between 15 and 30 years old making their voices heard in profound and culture-shifting ways. Like Isaiah, they are young and ...
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Forward Day By Day – December 11, 2018

Nothing good happens when we forget our stories, our deepest self-knowledge, our understanding of who we are and are called to be. When we forget ...
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Forward Day By Day – December 10, 2018

I worry that I give God bitter grapes when all God has given me ought to make me sweet. And sometimes, I won’t allow people ...
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Forward Day By Day – December 9, 2018

I walked into the store, sorted through a rainbow-covered rack, and selected a blue dress with gold embroidery. I stood in front of the mirror ...
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Forward Day By Day – December 8, 2018

Approaching a campsite at dusk after a long hike in, seeing familiar faces or holy trees, sacred springs or a flock of wild turkeys, feels ...
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Forward Day By Day – December 7, 2018

If the spectrum of human emotion could be equated to the keyboard on a piano, Psalm 22 would hit all eighty-eight keys. Advent is one ...
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Forward Day By Day – December 6, 2018

Let me be honest with you. The best thing—the bedrock of all the good things that there may be about me—isn’t about me. It is ...
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Forward Day By Day – December 5, 2018

I have found myself clinging to these words tighter and tighter in the last few years. I hold dear to my heart the hope that ...
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Forward Day By Day – December 4, 2018

We don’t like having our dirty soul-laundry aired out. Usually, we set fire to the pile and walk right out of the house as we ...
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Forward Day By Day – December 3, 2018

God tells us exactly how to stop doing damaging things to ourselves and each other: learn how to do good things, look out to make ...
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Forward Day By Day – December 2, 2018

Jeremiah and I didn’t really get to know each other until I was in my late 20s and early 30s. This figure from the Bible ...
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Forward Day By Day – December 1, 2018

There was a day last summer that was one of my best days ever. I stood on the uneven floor of my wonky little kitchen ...
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Forward Day By Day – November 30, 2018

Today the church remembers Saint Andrew, often referred to as “the first called.” This alludes both to Andrew’s quick response in following Jesus and how ...
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Forward Day By Day – November 29, 2018

Throughout this month, we’ve talked a lot about the lives of the saints. With All Saints’ Day, the commemoration of All Souls, and Veterans’ Day, ...
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Forward Day By Day – November 28, 2018

Zacchaeus cares about one thing and one thing only: Seeing a glimpse of Jesus. He doesn’t care what others think as he scrambles up the ...
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Forward Day By Day – November 27, 2018

The tall peaks and deep valleys of Appalachia dominated my early life. Their beauty has never left me, even as I moved away from the ...
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Forward Day By Day – November 26, 2018

I was once part of a new church plant—a young congregation that sometimes had as many children as adults on Sundays. We met in a ...
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Forward Day By Day – November 25, 2018

I received my undergraduate degree from a college operated by the Quakers, and their belief in Christian pacifism had a strong influence on my formation ...
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Forward Day By Day – November 24, 2018

When I was a child, my mom would say, “If you point a finger in judgment, know there are three fingers pointing back at you.” ...
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