Daily Prayer: a resource of Forward Movement
 

The Forward Day by Day Archives

We've published links to the last few weeks' Forward Day by Day Meditations below. You can search for past meditations (from June 2012 and later), and filter them by keyword if you wish, using the search form.

Please note: Some of our archived meditations are currently unavailable. We are working on the problem and expect to have the Archives page fully operational again soon.

Search the Archives

Filter 
  • THURSDAY, May 26

    I have led retreats on discerning spiritual gifts. They were the usual exploration: We take a gifts assessment, add up our numbers, then read what someone wrote about what our gifts mean. I don’t lead these types of workshops anymore. They are of use, but I realized they begin with the premise tha....
  • WEDNESDAY, May 25

    I’ve read entries in one church register from the 1880s recording multiple burials over several weeks from yellow fever. Another church register in the 1980s shows multiple burials over several months from AIDS. I’ve read letters from priests and bishops expressing concern about pending schisms ....
  • TUESDAY, May 24

    My favorite meals are never about the food. Well, they are mostly not about the food. They are about celebrating, grieving, or just being present with each other.

    Tacos from a local food truck eaten on a park bench with a friend as she found her laughter again after a ye....

  • MONDAY, May 23

    My grandmother was an avid genealogist and found great joy in combing through legal records, church registers, letters, and other old documents to find the names and stories of ancestors. I have a picture of my grandmother, my great-uncle, and his wife sitting in the midst of a church graveyard in n....
  • SUNDAY, May 22      Trinity Sunday

    Several of my clergy friends jokingly call this day “Heresy Sunday” for all the heresy preached by clergy attempting to explain the Holy Trinity. We try to use analogies, metaphors, and other explanations to explain something about aspects of God and God’s relationship to Jesus Christ and the ....
  • SATURDAY, May 21

    Several of the epistles are the oldest writings of the New Testament. They are letters to individuals and to early Christian communities. Reading them is essentially reading someone’s mail, written by real people to real people in real situations.

    Some readers may think....

  • FRIDAY, May 20

    Many of us listened to the words of this psalm during Holy Week—a psalm of lament, of distress, of anger, and, in guarded measure, of hope. It is the psalm of rock bottom that leads to the first of the twelve steps of recovery: We are powerless over our addiction and our lives have become unmanage....
  • THURSDAY, May 19

    We were creating quite the masterpiece until I reached across the canvas and smeared part of the artwork. I sighed, “Well, looks like I messed this up.”

    My little niece, her hands covered with every color of paint available, looked at our artwork, took her small finge....

  • WEDNESDAY, May 18

    “When people get scared, they come to church,” the custodian offered, as I wondered how long the significant increase in Sunday attendance would last after a recent disaster. “They’ll come until they don’t feel scared.”

    People look for comfort when they are sc....

  • TUESDAY, May 17

    A relative of mine used to say, “Don’t go fishing in a tree. You’ll come up empty and annoy the squirrels.” Jesus says this same thing to people who had come to see John the Baptist. They had expectations about John, expectations that were not met. John was not a sweet, elegant preacher who ....
  • MONDAY, May 16

    If your daily actions were the only sermon people ever heard, would they know you were a Christian by your love?

    Holy scripture has much to say about how we use our words, for good reason. Words in speech can inspire, guide, and educate; they can also get us in boatloads ....

  • SUNDAY, May 15     Pentecost

    The story of Babel serves as an ancient explanation of why different languages exist, and it is a moral story of how we humans can misuse God-given gifts. Language is a gift, without a doubt. Because of language we have been able to write poetry, sing songs, and share our stories with each other.
  • SATURDAY, May 14

    At a recent retreat, we began our day with Bible study. We gathered with our coffee and our theological degrees to reflect on this particular passage. We became involved with the nature of the hemorrhages and what her condition meant under the Jewish purity codes.

    Until ....

  • FRIDAY, May 13

    This letter to the church in Ephesus offers a congregation guidance regarding the behavior of each believer. Some of the behaviors are culturally and historically bound, but others have great wisdom for us still. Succinctly and directly, the author tells us that gossip and idle talk have no place in....
  • THURSDAY, May 12

    I was on retreat with several clergy and in the midst of serving in a very challenging ministry situation. Life felt overwhelming. We went to a scenic area to pray Evening Prayer as the sun set. We each laid hands on one another in healing and hope. To commemorate this holy moment, one priest found ....
  • WEDNESDAY, May 11

    These words from Ephesians begin the service of Holy Baptism in The Episcopal Church. They are a call and response setting in The Book of Common Prayer. The presider and people share in proclaiming our unity in one God.

    These words have welcomed infants and elderly. They....

  • TUESDAY, May 10

    My grandmother had a punchbowl a friend borrowed and never returned. This happened decades ago. Every time she had need of a punch bowl, she brought up the saga of the borrowed but not returned punchbowl…again.

    We all have punchbowls in our lives. They may be relations....

  • MONDAY, May 9

    My experience has led me to understand that all change comes with some kind of loss.

    The Israelites are in the midst of serious change. Moses has died. The familiar leader is gone. They are in a new place in their journey, preparing to cross the Jordan. They are likely fe....

  • SUNDAY, May 8       Easter 7

    Revelation has a reputation as the science fiction/horror story of the Bible. Too often, it’s been used as a “look at what horrible things will happen” narrative to induce fear in us.

    Actually, it’s a hopeful, comforting book. The words of Revelation, albeit fille....

  • SATURDAY, May 7

    A scene from the movie Lars and the Real Girl portrays the title character Lars mourning a death. People from the community come to his home, bringing casseroles and themselves. Lars asks, “So what do I do now?” One woman responds that we just sit…together.

    When we ....

Search

Loading

Share this page