The Likeness of God

Today’s Readings for the Daily Office Psalm 68 (Morning) Psalm 72 (Evening) 1 Kings 19:9-18 Eph. 4:17-32 John 6:15-27   The Likeness of God Ephesians 4:17-32 instructs us to “no longer live as the Gentiles live,” and to live according “to the likeness of God.” In a modern sense, I

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Trust

Today’s Readings for the Daily Office Psalm 34 (Morning) Psalm 33 (Evening) 1 Kings 19:1-8 Eph. 4:1-16 John 6:1-14   Trust Today’s gospel reading of John 6 tells us how Jesus fed a multitude with only a few loaves and fishes. Jesus’ feeding of 5,000 people with the “five loaves

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New Year’s Day

Today’s Readings for the Daily Office Psalm 103 (Morning) Psalm 148 (Evening) Isaiah 62:1-5, 10-12 Revelations 19:11-16 Matthew 1:18-25   New Year’s Day New Year’s Day is often a time for resolutions, when we will change something that bothers us. In Psalm 103, we are reminded “He forgives all your

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Alone Together

Today’s Readings for the Daily Office Psalm 20, 21:1-7(8-14) (Morning) Psalm 23, 27 (Evening) 1 Kings 17:17-24 3 John 1-15 John 4:46-54 Alone Together If I make the effort, I will find some time to end this day with Psalm 23. I will pray like the psalmist and say or

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The First Sign at Cana

Today’s Readings for the Daily Office Psalm 18:1-20 (Morning) Psalm 18:21-50 (Evening) 2 Samuel 23:13-17b 2 John 1-13 John 2:1-11   The First Sign at Cana Have you ever hosted a special event for a loved one? Even with joyful anticipation, the planning and preparation can be so stressful and

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Meditations on Psalms and Holiday Spirit Via Handel

Today’s Readings for the Daily Office Psalm 2 (Morning) Psalm 19 (Evening) Isaiah 49:13-23 Isaiah 54:1-13 Matthew 18:1-4 Meditations on Psalms and Holiday Spirit Via Handel The poetic music of today’s Psalms comes to mind with mental musical accompaniment from the literally divine Handel’s Messiah. Though written from the perspective

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Who or What Do You Worship at Christmas?

Today’s Readings for the Daily Office Psalm 97, 98 (Morning) Proverbs 8:22-30 John 13:20-35 Psalm 145 (Evening) Isaiah 44:1-8 1 John 5:1-12 Who or What Do You Worship at Christmas? Today’s readings focus on giving God and His Son the praise they deserve. It is Jesus’s birthday month after all.

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Sing!

Today’s Readings for the Daily Office Psalm 66, 67 (Morning) Psalm 116, 117 (Evening) 1 Samuel 2: 1b-10 Titus 2: 1-10 Luke 1: 26-38   Sing! This year I have been surprised at how precious and real and important the Christmas season has been for me as it settled in

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Love Came Down at Christmas

Today’s Readings for the Daily Office Psalm 2, 85 (Morning) Psalm 110:1-5(6-7), 132 (Evening) Micah 4:1-5,5:2-4 1 John 4:7-16 John 3:31-36   Love Came Down at Christmas In our church’s calendar of Holy Men and Holy Women, December 25th commemorates not a saint for the day, but “The Nativity of

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Poetry and Promise

Today’s Readings for the Daily Office Psalm 55 (Morning) Psalm 138, 139:1-17(18-23) (Evening) Zech. 8:9-17 Rev. 6:1-17 Matt. 25:31-46   Poetry and Promise Scholars are inclined to believe that Matthew revised his memory of what Jesus predicted about his second coming according to events that happened after his death and

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