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  • THURSDAY, February 23

    When I was a very little girl, it was easy to rest in my mother’s arms, to lean against her heart as she wrapped her strong arms around me. Since I had no arms or legs to get in the way, I didn’t outgrow her lap or the security of her embrace for a very long time.

    Wh....

  • WEDNESDAY, February 22

    Christ leads us in a victory procession. As we stumble along, trying to keep up with Jesus, sometimes wishing we could just sit down and have a good cry, the sweet smell of Christ’s glory fills our nostrils and hearts with the fragrant promise of new life.

    This is a sh....

  • TUESDAY, February 21

    I cannot hide the fact that I have no arms or legs. But I wonder if people see beyond my body, to see God by the way I shine the light of my life? This is always my heart’s desire.

    I once visited with a group of school children in inner-city Memphis. The little ones st....

  • MONDAY, February 20

    There is no shame in any of the ways our humanity is expressed. It’s not unfaithful, not un-Christian to say we are hurting. Paul does not hesitate to let his fellow believers know when he feels actual despair. But he also continues to trust God.

    How do I know this is ....

  • SUNDAY, February 19      Epiphany 7

    Martin Luther King Jr. said, “I have decided to stick with love; Hate is too heavy a burden to bear.” Hate weighs down our hearts and hopes. It costs too much. Hate poisons the wellsprings of our hearts.

    To emulate Jesus is to reject hate and everything that accompan....

  • SATURDAY, February 18

    Jesus watches an elderly widow place two coins into the temple treasury. Those tiny coins won’t add much to the bottom line of the temple. Besides, the little widow is one of the poorest of the land—she should be a recipient of the tidy sums of alms given by the rich.

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  • FRIDAY, February 17

    Today’s lesson from Isaiah speaks of a new future—not just a future in heaven, but a future for the earth itself.

    The question for Isaiah and the rest of us is, “How will this happen, Lord? And, how long before this future will come true?”

  • THURSDAY, February 16

    Everything God has created is good. Howling wind, mosquitoes, cheetahs, rolling thunder, the fruit of the vine, a dinner of pork and potatoes, every single plant you can imagine—these are good. And you. And me, exactly as I am. We are good.

    We are called to receive God....

  • WEDNESDAY, February 15

    The power of racism remains as dangerous today as it has ever been. Psalm 101 challenges us to “destroy the wicked in the land,” (although it is wickedness and not people that Christians ought to have in mind!) Then we can sing of God’s mercy and justice.

    Recently I....

  • TUESDAY, February 14

    I struggle with forgiveness. Sometimes I hold grudges. I have to ask God daily to forgive me for my struggle to forgive others and also to forgive me for the ways I have hurt others. I suspect you may struggle with those things as well.

    “Your Father in heaven,” Jesus ....

  • MONDAY, February 13

    The Chronicles of Narnia, particularly the first volume, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis, is still a Cox family read-aloud favorite. When I was a little girl, I was completely enchanted by Aslan the Lion, king and hero of Narnia. Not until I was older did I understan....
  • SUNDAY, February 12      Epiphany 6

    Paul has a great passion for unity, for getting Jesus followers to remember that in Christ, we are one. In his letters, Paul finds metaphors to express this essential oneness—and in this passage, Paul reminds us that Christians are fellow servants of God. We are God’s building, a field for plant....
  • SATURDAY, February 11

    Today’s passage from Isaiah celebrates God rejoicing. Isaiah paints an intimate wedding portrait, drawing an analogy of God’s overwhelming and faithful joy in God’s chosen people.

    God has always and will always be head over heels in love with Israel. The image by I....

  • FRIDAY, February 10

    The cup Jesus speaks of in today’s lesson from Mark is not attractive or alluring. The contents of that cup include betrayal, suffering, loneliness, and death by crucifixion. Although Jesus has told the disciples all of this, they cannot believe these things will actually happen—surely, Jesus mu....
  • THURSDAY, February 9

    Rejoice always. Thank God for everything. Sing praises.

    The psalmist rejoices, even as he encourages the children of Israel to praise God. The psalmist sings specifically about how the Lord rebuilds Jerusalem, gathers the exiles of Israel, and heals the brokenhearted. Th....

  • WEDNESDAY, February 8

    One of my favorite childhood songs was on heavy rotation in Sunday School: “I’m in the Lord’s Army.” I didn’t grow up to join the army, the navy, or the air force, and I have never marched in the infantry, ridden in the cavalry, or shot the artillery. But I do understand something about su....
  • TUESDAY, February 7

    My sister’s children observe everything around them. My older niece always has some opinion or new idea ready to jump off the tip of her tongue. My youngest nephew takes things apart to see how they work.

    What they see makes an impression on their little hearts. I am w....

  • MONDAY, February 6

    We live in a society that encourages and celebrates a very particular kind of success. I longed for that kind of success during my adolescence. I did not want to be seen as ordinary, much less as a pitiful, disabled person. I dreamed of being beautiful, independent, and capable of doing everything. ....
  • SUNDAY, February 5      Epiphany 5

    The words of the Baptismal Covenant from The Book of Common Prayer require us to “strive for justice and peace among all people, and respect the dignity of every human being.’’ We stand with those who suffer injustice.

    Diana Frade, wife of retired bishop Leo....

  • SATURDAY, February 4

    During a trip to Botswana several years ago, I volunteered at an Anglican daycare center for orphaned and vulnerable children. Before each meal, the children would sing, “Thank you Lord for each day you bring, and thank you for the food we eat. Thank you Lord for the birds that sing. Thank you Lor....

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