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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 – February 15, 2019

While running errands together last week, my daughter started talking about her college plans. She’s only four years old, so she doesn’t quite get the ...
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Forward Day By Day – February 14, 2019

There are many ways to interpret today’s gospel passage. One response is to become frustrated with the rich young man. This may not be the ...
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Forward Day By Day – February 13, 2019

I love your law. The more you read from Psalm 119, the bolder this statement becomes. The law is called sweeter than honey and more ...
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Forward Day By Day – February 12, 2019

Christian author C.S. Lewis tells of a man who is taken to heaven and granted a vision of a great woman. A glorious procession surrounds ...
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Forward Day By Day – February 11, 2019

“I deserve that promotion more than Lucy,” we say to a coworker in the break room, only to tell the boss later that morning what ...
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Forward Day By Day – February 10, 2019

Evangelists are making a comeback—not just within the walls of the church but in our culture as well. Even companies seek to hire product evangelists ...
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Forward Day By Day – February 9, 2019

Bear one another’s burdens. All carry their own loads. Which one is it? Every person for himself or herself, or we’re all in this together? ...
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Forward Day By Day – February 8, 2019

“Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me.”I think I get the point of the saying: try not to let ...
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Forward Day By Day – February 7, 2019

When we think of freedom, we often picture a complete lack of restriction on our actions. We can do what we want, when we want ...
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Forward Day By Day – February 6, 2019

Mountains play a significant role in the story of God. Noah’s ark comes to rest on Mount Ararat, and Moses hears from God on Mount ...
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Forward Day By Day – February 5, 2019

“No, Dada! I do it!” Part of growing up is learning to be independent. In the case of my children, they sometimes want to do ...
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Forward Day By Day – February 4, 2019

Paul greets each of his audiences throughout his New Testament epistles with the salutation of “grace and peace,” combining typical greetings of two cultures that ...
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Forward Day By Day – February 3, 2019

In one of my daughter’s favorite books, the lead character usually ends up in trouble shortly after confidently proclaiming to the world how much she ...
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Forward Day By Day – February 2, 2019

Few ethnic divisions have been more palpable than between first-century Jews and Gentiles. In many ways, this division represents the ultimate “us vs. them” mentality ...
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Forward Day By Day – February 1, 2019

The words of Psalm 51 are the words of a person who realizes the wrong he or she has committed and desires to change but ...
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Forward Day By Day – January 31, 2019

Ministry is hard work. Most pastors and many lay church employees reserve one day a week as their day of rest. We call, text, or ...
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Forward Day By Day – January 30, 2019

I joined the Episcopal Church in 1978. Two years before, General Convention narrowly approved the ordination of women. The newly revised Book of Common Prayer ...
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Forward Day By Day – January 29, 2019

Partway through his ministry, Jesus sends his disciples out on their own—in pairs—to spread the good news. How surprised they must be when Jesus hands ...
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Forward Day By Day – January 28, 2019

Don’t let the bleak winter blues demotivate you. This is the season of Epiphany! God’s love is here for all of us. Look at Jesus ...
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Forward Day By Day – January 27, 2019

Faith communities, from home Bible studies to cathedrals, are made up of uniquely gifted individuals. Beyond celebrating each person’s gifts, here’s a good question to ...
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