Hope

‘Alas’ (ekhah). This is the Hebrew title for the Book of Lamentations of which we read a portion of chapter one today. In the first chapter Jerusalem/Zion is personified and mourns the loss of all that is familiar and comfortable. The Babylonian empire had destroyed Jerusalem and the Temple, taking...

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The Shadow of Your Wings

Your steadfast love, O Lord, extends to the heavens, your faithfulness to the clouds. Your righteousness is like the mighty mountains, your judgements are like the great deep; you save humans and animals alike, O Lord. How precious is your steadfast love, O God! All people may take refuge in...

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Light in the Darkness

For it is the God who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” who has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. -2 Corinthians 4:6 Whenever I hear Biblical or liturgical language about light shining...

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Whose God is Bigger?

The texts of today’s morning prayers made me uncomfortable. First, Psalm 119 with its overt holier-than-thou attitude reads: “Many are my persecutors and my adversaries, yet I do not swerve from your decrees. I look at the faithless with disgust, because they do not keep your commands. Consider how I...

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John Donne

Today, March 31, the Anglican church commemorates John Donne, poet, soldier, adventurer, lawyer and eventually Anglican priest. Donne was born into a large Roman Catholic family in 1572 when Elizabeth I was queen and Catholics were punished for following their religion. When Donne was 12 he began his studies first...

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They had the faith

And Moses said, “Dear God, please send someone else.” The times I respect my parents the most is when they are working with their literacy nonprofit, The Reading Room. Not love them the most, or like them the most, or appreciate them the most. But through all of our fights...

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Shelter

Six days later, Jesus took with him Peter and James and John, and led them up a high mountain apart, by themselves. And he was transfigured before them, and his clothes became dazzling white, such as no one on earth could bleach them. And there appeared to them Elijah with...

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One Body

“For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ. For in the one Spirit we were all baptized into one body—Jews or Greeks, slaves or free—and we were all made to...

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Annunciation

 Hail, Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with you. Today is the Feast of the Annunciation, nine months before Christmas, when we take time to remember and rejoice that the Word of God broke into the life of a young girl and upended it completely, all because she had...

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How Much Can We Know?

The First Sin and Its Punishment 3 Now the serpent was more crafty than any other wild animal that the Lord God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God say, ‘You shall not eat from any tree in the garden’?” 2 The woman said to the serpent, “We may eat of the fruit...

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Expanding the circle

From there he set out and went away to the region of Tyre. He entered a house and did not want anyone to know he was there. Yet he could not escape notice, but a woman whose little daughter had an unclean spirit immediately heard about him, and she came...

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