Loss

Today’s Readings for the Daily Office Psalm 119:49-72 (Morning) Psalm 49, [53] (Evening) 1 Kings 17:1-24 Phil. 2:1-11 Matt. 2:1-12   How strange that this passage from Kings should come to me because I have lost a child. In this book Elijah makes affirmations about who God is. For those

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What’s in a Name?

Today’s Readings for the Daily Office Psalm 45 (Morning) Psalm 47, 48 (Evening) 1 Kings 16:23-34 Phil. 1:12-30 Mark 16:1-8 (9-20)   All four Gospels tell slightly different versions of the women disciples coming to Jesus’ tomb, finding the stone already rolled away, and encountering an angel who tells them

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Forgotten By God?

Today’s Readings for the Daily Office Psalm 41, 52 (Morning) Psalm 44 (Evening) 1 Kings 13:1-10 Phil. 1:1-11 Mark 15:40-47   Trials and tribulations surround us, everywhere we look. There have been hurricanes in the Gulf of Mexico with devastating loss of life and property. There are wildfires on the

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God’s Presence

Today’s Readings for the Daily Office Psalm 63:1-8 (9-11), 98 (Morning) Psalm 103 (Evening) 1 Kings 12:21-33 Acts 4:18-31 John 10:31-42   My sister was visiting Arkansas not long ago. When we turned into the driveway, we saw a red tailed hawk sitting on the fence post. Quiet, watchful, and

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Rejoicing Comes in the Morning

Today’s Readings for the Daily Office Psalm 30, 32 (Morning) Psalm 42, 43 (Evening) 1 Kings 12:1-20 James 5:7-12,19-20 Mark 15:33-39   Our morning Psalm reading includes one of my favorite pieces of Scripture: “Weeping may stay for the night, but rejoicing comes in the morning.” This verse is inspirational

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Another Broken Pot

Today’s Readings for the Daily Office Psalms 31 (Morning) Psalm 35 (Evening) 1 Kings 11:26-43 James 4:13-5:6 Mark 15:22-32   In Psalm 31:12, our guy today says, “I am ignored as if I were dead, as if I were a broken pot.” Boy do I know the feeling! I’m almost

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A Taste for the Kingdom of God

Today’s Readings for the Daily Office Psalm 37:1-18 (Morning) Psalm 37:19-42 (Evening) I Kings 11:1-13 James 3:13-4:12 Mark 15:12-21   In reading over the lectionary passages for this morning, I noticed a theme running through some of the texts – that our appetites and desires often lead us into trouble,

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Christian Speaking

Today’s Readings for the Daily Office Psalm 38 (Morning) Psalm 119:25-48 (Evening) 1 Kings 9:24-10:13 James 3:1-12 Mark 15:1-11   In the epistle appointed for today from A Letter of James, the author admonishes us about how damaging our speaking can be. He asserts that, “Out of the same mouth

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As the Rooster Crows

Today’s Readings for the Daily Office Psalm 26, 28 (Morning) Psalm 36, 39 (Evening) 1 Kings 8:65-9:9 James 2:14-26 Mark 14:66-72   Everyone is familiar with the story of Peter denying Jesus described in Mark this week. It is a story that is drilled into us as Christians and I

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Showing Partiality

Today’s Readings for the Daily Office Psalm 25 (Morning) Psalm 9, 15 (Evening) 2 Chron. 6:32-7:7 James 2:1-13 Mark 14:53-65   A 2016 Pew Research Center poll found that 80% of Episcopalians have a total family income of $50,000 or more a year. By this measure, the Episcopal Church is

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