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  • SATURDAY, February 28   Ember Day

    My parents taught more by example than by words. But my father’s specific words about honesty were embedded in my heart when I was four. Having observed older children cheat at Chinese checkers one day, I tried the same thing with my father that evening. A gentle man but honest to the core, he put....
  • FRIDAY, February 27   Ember Day

    My sister was a busy art teacher, wife, and mother. Nine years ago, she was driving to her daughter’s middle school basketball game one Friday afternoon when a truck jumped the median and hit her head-on. After the jaws-of-life and rescue helicopter, she was in the trauma unit for weeks and in reh....
  • THURSDAY, February 26

    I savor those lines of the psalm. The thought of the days and nights whispering their tales to each other, the voices of creation speaking without words—wonderful!

    In high school and college, I backed off from the nature poetry of the Romantics. A newcomer to faith, I wa....

  • WEDNESDAY, February 25   Ember Day

    When her older son and my daughter left for college, my friend Caroline and I became more aware of the importance of the church’s ministry to college students. We started a college Bible study and a weekly fellowship group (including dinner) that attracted students from four local colleges. We bec....
  • TUESDAY, February 24   Saint Matthias the Apostle

    Several years ago two students I had taught called to ask a favor. They wanted to get married, but they couldn’t without losing disability funding they needed for college. For the present, they wanted a blessing of their relationship and commitment. Would I ask my priest if he could do that?

  • MONDAY, February 23

    Our two daughters had diabetes for more than ten years before home blood monitoring became available. Although Kathy, age thirteen, had given her own insulin injections since she was six, she was terrified of pricking her finger (with the early equipment, the prick was deep and painful).

    <....
  • SUNDAY, February 22   1 Lent

    I remember many people in my past with gratitude and warmth. Others—not so much. When certain names cross my mind, my brain sticks them into categories before I am conscious this is happening: negative categories like hurtful, elitist, hypocritical, superficial.

    I was po....

  • SATURDAY, February 21

    I had just received my first-ever F. I was in college, and Physics with Calculus was way over my head. My friend Randy had also failed the test. As I grappled with the feeling of failure, I fought back tears—both because I didn’t want to cry in public and also because I had tried to make my fait....
  • FRIDAY, February 20

    In 1979, our family joined a new Episcopal church (new to us). I wasn’t aware of the rector’s tradition of visiting parishioners on their wedding anniversary. John was running errands, the children had toys all over the living room, and I was barefoot when I answered the door. Anxious and embarr....
  • THURSDAY, February 19

    Three times, the psalmist repeats, “Do not fret yourself.” Some of us need to hear that advice more than once. I confess: at times, I am a fretter.

    Recently I fretted over someone else’s failure to prepare a presentation well. I fret over a single negative course eva....

  • WEDNESDAY, February 18   Ash Wednesday

    Today we are asked to take a serious look at our mortality and at God’s grace as we begin Lent. More time praying, perhaps fasting, maybe giving something up or taking something on—our different personalities, spiritualities, and seasons of our lives lead us along different paths during Lent. It....
  • TUESDAY, February 17

    Over our years of travel, my husband has amassed a sizeable photography collection of ancient wells from the city squares and monasteries of Italy, Spain, and France. I can picture people in a medieval village gathering around the well for water and community. Go back another thousand plus years, an....
  • MONDAY, February 16

    I have been guilty of judging others for being what I considered ungrateful for their luck, privileges, or fortunes. I remember bristling as a colleague listed his achievements, including his not missing a day for twenty years. My thoughts—he was fortunate that his family had good health so he nev....
  • SUNDAY, February 15   Last Sunday after the Epiphany

    God speaks to us in countless ways. We can hear God when waves crash, leaves rustle, and birds chirp as they welcome the morning. We can hear holiness in a toddler’s giggle, and we can hear God’s pain in the whimpering of a beloved pet. We can hear God call us to action through the nightly news.....
  • SATURDAY, February 14

    Jesus calls us to experience healing and wholeness in countless ways. Blind Bartimaeus was called by Jesus to come to him for healing. Years ago I had a blind student, Lucy, who was taking her first college composition class. She got along with a white cane but was thrilled when she received approva....
  • FRIDAY, February 13

    A chapel near the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem has a fresco of the Crucifixion. Jesus hangs on the cross, and the heavens around him are full of angels. In both Assisi and Padua in Italy, similar skies filled with angels appear in the frescoes of the Crucifixion painted by the early fou....
  • THURSDAY, February 12

    When I first taught Flannery O’Connor’s story “Revelation” about the last being first, I didn’t identify with the bigoted and judgmental main character who smugly assumes she is superior to almost everyone else in the story. Then she has a disturbing vision of a procession to heaven—and ....
  • WEDNESDAY, February 11

    Two months after Hurricane Andrew hit Miami in 1992, our part of the city was still devastated, under a curfew, and under National Guard protection. Our church sponsored a psychologist to discuss the stresses of natural disasters. Several hundred people attended.

    In the di....

  • TUESDAY, February 10

    Years ago, the children of some church friends spent afternoons at our house when their mother was undergoing continual hospitalizations. They became like family.

    The school guidance counselor was committed to helping them through that sad, scary time. Seven-year-old Alex ....

  • MONDAY, February 9

    We had just spent the weekend (again) in the emergency room with our teenage daughter whose diabetes was wildly out of control. I was having lunch with Carole, herself temporarily in remission from cancer. She advised me to keep a journal of thanksgivings, saying that when life seems really dark, we....

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