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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 22, 2021

At age five, I asked my older brother what infinity meant. He said it meant “to go on forever.” I looked in the bathroom medicine ...
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Forward Day By Day – February 21, 2021

A dear friend once said, in her west Texas accent, “When I try to control everything around me, I find I make a pitiful God.” ...
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Forward Day By Day – February 20, 2021

Have you ever felt distant from God, as if your prayers bounced off the ceiling and landed at your feet? I have waited decades for ...
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Forward Day By Day – February 19, 2021

Halfway through the intersection, I realized I had run a red light. My heart pounded, and time seemed to slow down as I became aware ...
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Forward Day By Day – February 18, 2021

Once I attended a retreat led by James Finley, psychotherapist and author of Entering the Mind of Christ. With his Irish humor, he teased the ...
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Forward Day By Day – February 17, 2021

As I type this, we are under stay-at-home orders because of COVID-19. Staying at home for so long is an unusual experience for most of ...
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Forward Day By Day – February 16, 2021

The Hostiles, a neo-western, features Rosamund Pike as a young widow whose family is killed on the frontier. Christian Bale plays an army captain who ...
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Forward Day By Day – February 15, 2021

A story is told of the philosopher Ralph Waldo Emerson who, when warned by a doomsday prophet of the approaching end of the world, said, ...
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Forward Day By Day – February 14, 2021

To ask for a double helping of one’s inheritance requires chutzpah. In this case, the inheritance Elisha requests is not for material goods. He wants ...
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Forward Day By Day – February 13, 2021

The summer my daughter was eight, she participated in a dance workshop. The culminating performance featured children dancing to John Fogerty’s song, “Centerfield” (Put me ...
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Forward Day By Day – February 12, 2021

The Bible contains many images of angels. Some are powerful messengers who reassure people to “fear not.” Some are avenging angels with the power to ...
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Forward Day By Day – February 11, 2021

I did not realize until my marriage of thirty years fell apart that a broken heart literally, physically hurts. I wondered if I should see ...
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Forward Day By Day – February 10, 2021

Once (okay, more than once), I became overwhelmed with projects: ministries, committees, acts of compassion and mercy, being the perfect teacher and mom. I was ...
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Forward Day By Day – February 9, 2021

I would like to be a salty old woman. Maybe I already am. While people consider my mother a kind, lovely woman of wit and ...
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Forward Day By Day – February 8, 2021

In the 1970s, Time magazine featured photographs of mass baptisms of hippies at California beaches. This was the Jesus Movement, and the converts were called ...
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Forward Day By Day – February 7, 2021

Is addiction a choice or a disease? The subject is hotly debated in recovery circles, with some calling it a disease of choice. Some people ...
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Forward Day By Day – February 6, 2021

“What is your favorite image of Jesus?” a friend once asked. I answered the Good Shepherd. Why? Because it speaks of God’s care, protection and ...
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Forward Day By Day – February 5, 2021

Ezra is five, and I tease his parents that he is like the cartoon character Dennis the Menace, with his curiosity and chatter. Upon learning ...
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Forward Day By Day – February 4, 2021

One of my former special needs students, now a friend, sometimes calls and asks me to take her places. WWF wrestling? No, I am not ...
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Forward Day By Day – February 3, 2021

Context is everything with this verse. When the Pharisees come to Jesus and ask for a sign to test him, Jesus has just performed the ...
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