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  • FRIDAY, July 22     Saint Mary Magdalene

    In retail sales, you learn quickly that you cannot judge a shopper by their looks. The girl in leggings and a sweatshirt may be an heiress; the well-coiffed woman may be way behind on rent. You learn quickly that in order to make sales, you treat every shopper as though they were worth their weight ....
  • THURSDAY, July 21

    Have you ever wondered just what it was about Peter’s speech that betrayed him as a follower of Jesus? What was it about his conversation that identified him as a believer? What was it about his choice of words that even at his most panicked moment, fearing his own imprisonment, gave him away as b....
  • WEDNESDAY, July 20

    For much of my young adulthood, I prided myself on my razor tongue. I was witty, and funny, and entertaining. I also spent a lot of time worried that people were talking behind my back.

    When I made a decision to live for Christ, I put away my sharp tongue and started acti....

  • TUESDAY, July 19

    In the churches where I learned about this story, Gethsemane was the place Jesus went to pray away his fear of what was to come. I wonder if it was also a place where Jesus went to pray away his longing to not have to say goodbye to the friends he loved so dearly?

    Jesus p....

  • MONDAY, July 18

    When I first started attending church, the lady ushers would bring me a tiny blanket to put over my knees. “It gets cold in here, honey.”

    Weeks passed before the light bulb went on in my head: It was never cold in that church. My skirts were too short. Those lovely w....

  • SUNDAY, July 17     9 Pentecost

    Martha invites Jesus into her home. Why? Presumably to talk with him, to share a meal, to simply be in his presence. So what happens that she suddenly finds herself so distracted with serving that she can’t even enjoy his company?

    My guess is that the throng of people a....

  • SATURDAY, July 16

    I don’t like a lot of Christian pop music, but from the moment I heard it, some fifteen years ago, until now, Chris Rice’s song, “Clumsy,” has stood out to me. In it, Rice sings of how difficult it is for him to stay on two perfectly Christian feet, how he is spiritually clumsy, falling from....
  • FRIDAY, July 15

    We all need a touchstone to remember that we’ve crossed into our own Promised Land.

    When I am feeling overwhelmed, I repeat this to myself, “I serve the same God who forms the universe. I serve the same God who creates every bird in the air and every fish in the sea.....

  • THURSDAY, July 14

    The world spends most of its attention on Jesus on his birth, death, and resurrection. We follow his three years of ministry, from his baptism to the garden of Gethsemane, and then we go to Paul and the disciples for a guidebook on how to “be.”

    Jesus’ birth and deat....

  • WEDNESDAY, July 13

    Some of my mother’s rules seemed so unfair. Why was fifteen too young to go to a Duran Duran concert? Why couldn’t I go on car dates? Why did my uniform skirt have to be tea-length? All the other girls were going to the show, dating boys who drove, and wearing their skirts mid-thigh.

    <....
  • TUESDAY, July 12

    The Baby Alive doll, for those of you not lucky enough to have been little girls in the 1970s, was a battery-operated baby doll that would eat “real” food and then expel it into a diaper by means of a very simple digestive tract. Instructions on care included how to be sure the doll’s insides ....
  • MONDAY, July 11

    I was talking with a casual acquaintance the other day, and he asked me if I spanked my child. I said no. He shook his head at me and said, “Spare the rod and spoil the child.”

    I shook my head right back and said, “The shepherd doesn’t use his rod to beat his shee....

  • SUNDAY, July 10      8 Pentecost

    I am a soft touch. I’m okay with that. I made a decision long ago that I would rather give money to the wrong person than refuse to help the right one. This means I have probably given money to a lot of hucksters. I’m okay with that too.

    I can’t pass a man begging w....

  • SATURDAY, July 9

    The bulk of my early religious education was based on beautifully illustrated children’s Bibles in the pediatrician’s waiting room, terrifying tracts left on the same tables, and a comic book I had about American evangelist David Wilkerson.

    Quite honestly, I wasn’t ....

  • FRIDAY, July 8

    Of all the men Moses sent to spy out the land God had told them to occupy, only Joshua and Caleb came back with a good report. For that, God promised them the fat of the land, but only after they had marched around that mountain another forty years with the rest of the children of Israel.

  • THURSDAY, July 7

    My mother recalls being in her second-story bathroom and hearing my voice outside the window. “Mom! Mom! Mom! Hi, Mom!” I was high enough in the tree that I could see her eye-to-eye. Because I am an instigator, I talked the boy next door into climbing with me.

    She put....

  • WEDNESDAY, July 6

    If you’re still with me after my confession of doubt (I hope you are), I want to hearten you with these thoughts. Take a quick minute to read all of today’s gospel reading.

    Here is Jesus, angry and frustrated with the willful ignorance and meanness of the people he ca....

  • TUESDAY, July 5

    A few years ago, I fell into a crisis of faith. I can’t tell you that I have come out of it entirely. I find that every answer leads me to five more questions. But, and this is a big but, I believe Romans 8:38-39 with every fiber in my being. This truth, this love of God, is tattooed on my very so....
  • MONDAY, July 4     Independence Day

    When I was in Bible college, I might have told you that the work of Christianity was evangelism, carrying the gospel into the world on two feet. Older and wiser now, I believe the work of Christianity is done with the heart and the hands. The work of Christianity is done in loving and serving the un....
  • SUNDAY, July 3     7 Pentecost

    If you have ever been cut off in traffic, you know what a game-changer that can be for the day. Your brain goes into fight-or-flight mode, only there’s nowhere to flee, and no one to fight, so your whole nervous system lights up in a neon blast of confusion. By the time you remember you have a hor....

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