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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 – July 24, 2019

My dad taught me how to fish when I was eight years old, with a kiddie rod and reel that made a satisfying clicking sound ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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, ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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, ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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