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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 – September 20, 2020

I struggle with the idea of Christian unity, of being of “one mind” by faith. This has sometimes set Christians in opposition to their neighbors ...
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Forward Day By Day – September 19, 2020

I try to keep myself very busy running from work to home, to the gym, to a friend’s, to church, to the store. I fill ...
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Forward Day By Day – September 18, 2020

For a moment with the dying sun before me and the warm rock beneath me, I feel peace settling into my bones. I breathe with ...
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Forward Day By Day – September 17, 2020

From the Archives: May 29, 1953How should people feel toward their clergy and how should they treat them? Let me offer my own answer as ...
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Forward Day By Day – September 16, 2020

When I was a young adult minister, I had the privilege of listening to a lot of people discerning their vocations. Some were called to ...
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Forward Day By Day – September 15, 2020

These words spoken by the Pharisees after seeing Jesus ride triumphant into Jerusalem for the Passover strike me as both folly and cause for celebration ...
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Forward Day By Day – September 14, 2020

Almost every supervillain storyline follows a similar trope: dispossessed individuals gain some power but subsequently isolate and overextend themselves. Meanwhile, much more powerful superheroes acknowledge ...
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Forward Day By Day – September 13, 2020

Like many Christians, I seek to serve; I look for opportunities to help. Unwittingly I appoint myself judge over who needs help and what help ...
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Forward Day By Day – September 12, 2020

As a consultant, I am often invited into spaces where I may know less than those I am advising. I do not understand chemistry as ...
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Forward Day By Day – September 11, 2020

John is the gospel of the divine Jesus, who foretells his own death and who is the Word incarnate. In the story of the raising ...
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Forward Day By Day – September 10, 2020

From the Archives: October 10, 1952The psalmist appears to be celebrating the two things that have most impressed their mind and spirit: the glory of ...
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Forward Day By Day – September 9, 2020

There is always more to be done: I sometimes wish I could extend the day infinitely, just to catch up so that tomorrow might arrive ...
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Forward Day By Day – September 8, 2020

Paul and Barnabas have just healed a man, lame from birth, in the name of Jesus. The people are amazed and attribute the act to ...
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Forward Day By Day – September 7, 2020

In large-group discussions, I often experience a great deal of anxiety before I contribute. A thought will hit me, and I quickly bat it away ...
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Forward Day By Day – September 6, 2020

Many of my relationships are challenged by the scarcity of time. We want to give our best and most fully present selves to each other, ...
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Forward Day By Day – September 5, 2020

God calls us into many kinds of relationships: with God’s heart, with God’s creation, with the people around us, and with ourselves. These relationships can ...
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Forward Day By Day – September 4, 2020

I have become unsurprised by bad news: another political mess, another milestone of ecological unraveling, another conflict on the global stage. It is often the ...
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Forward Day By Day – September 3, 2020

From the Archives: August 23, 1952There were thousands of martyrs in the early days, people who were not ashamed to confess the Lord Jesus with ...
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Forward Day By Day – September 2, 2020

In my work, I sometimes feel very important. The leaders of the organizations I counsel make space in their calendars for our meetings. They review ...
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Forward Day By Day – September 1, 2020

How often have I sought to speak for God? Nearly always this inclination comes from a place of compassion, offering the hope I find in ...
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