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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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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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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Cuthbert

When Deborah asked me to write something on this blog for today, I took a look at the lectionary, and two things caught my attention. The first was that today, March 20, is the feast day of St. Cuthbert, Bishop of Lindesfarne, who turns out to have some connections to...

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