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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 19, 2018

One of my favorite statements by conservationist John Muir came from his defense of Hetch Hetchy Valley near Yosemite. “Everybody needs beauty as well as ...
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Come Unto Me

Feast Day of St. Macrina the Younger Matthew 11:27-30 When I spend a good chunk of time in contemplative prayer, I wind up being more ...
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Forward Day By Day – July 18, 2018

Having come to New Orleans for spring break, my four students and I were assigned to a larger group from another university to gut houses ...
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Why pray?

“The trouble with being a god is that you’ve got no one to pray to.” Small Gods, Terry Pratchett Does God need our prayers? It ...
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Forward Day By Day – July 17, 2018

There I was, dangling from a rope, rappelling down the face of a 60-foot cliff. The rush was incredible. What precipitated this experience was a ...
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Blink…Blink

Sometimes you blink your eyes and a whole year has passed. Last year at this time my family and I were waiting. Summer in full ...
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I Do Not Know You

The parable of the Wise and Foolish Virgins (Mt. 25: 1-13) always bothered me.  It was the refusal to share oil on the part of ...
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Forward Day By Day – July 16, 2018

Getting ready for a hurricane was something I grew up knowing how to do. My first was Carla in 1961, but even before that one, ...
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Dancing!

2 Samuel 6:1-5, 12b-19 I had the great good fortune to have been raised and educated by Southern Baptists. They taught me everything from higher ...
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Forward Day By Day – July 15, 2018

Oh, what a tangled web. Because John dared to condemn Herod’s adultery with his former sister-in-law and now wife, Herodias, he was both hated and ...
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Forward Day By Day – July 14, 2018

It’s an old joke that we still see on bumper stickers and T-shirts: “Jesus is coming. Look busy.”Earlier in this chapter of Matthew, the disciples ...
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When Moses Died

Deuteronomy 34:1-12 (RSV) Every life has to defining moments — that of birth at one end, death at the other. Whether one is a Queen ...
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Gathered In

Today the Daily Office reading that caught my attention was from the Old Testament. In Deuteronomy 31 we have reached the point in the story ...
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Forward Day By Day – July 13, 2018

In her classic book Mysticism, Evelyn Underhill describes five types of prayer. Whether vocal petitions or silent expressions of gratitude or desire, Underhill says these ...
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Speaking of God

Matthew 24:1-14 When I was a therapist some of my clients were people who had suffered unspeakable horrors at some stage as they were growing ...
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Forward Day By Day – July 12, 2018

Even now, more than fifteen years after it happened, I can feel the suffocating weight of water pressing me down and down, robbing me of ...
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Boundary-less Belonging

Jesus knew what it meant to be pigeon-holed. His town of Nazareth had a population of just a few hundred people, and most of his ...
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Forward Day By Day – July 11, 2018

In what is known as the Seven Woes to the Pharisees, Jesus rebukes the religious leaders again and again for their hypocrisy. You look religious, ...
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God Embraces You

She stood timidly and excitedly on the edge. The other children lined up next to her. One by one taking their turn. Hands outstretched ready ...
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Forward Day By Day – July 10, 2018

It is almost tempting to feel sorry for the scribes and Pharisees. We hear Jesus reminding us to focus on what matters, not on the ...
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