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  • FRIDAY, July 21

    After a job loss several years ago, I experienced a major shift in thinking. How could I make the most of each moment, of enjoying even the mundane? Like most parents, I spend a lot of time driving my daughters around. So I thought: Why not make every drive the most beautiful one possible? On our wa....
  • THURSDAY, July 20

    I don’t have any interest in abiding by unnecessary rules—rules that exist for their own sake. I believe that the spirit of Sabbath is that on one day, we take a nice rest, just as God rested after the work of creation. For some of us, Monday may be our day of rest rather than Sunday. Some of us....
  • WEDNESDAY, July 19

    Do you have a friendship like David and Jonathan shared? Is there someone in your life who you love without limit? If Gina called me in the middle of the night and asked to run away to Spain, there’s a good chance I’d be out the door. She’s my Jonathan.

    I had anoth....

  • TUESDAY, July 18

    My daughters and I are close. I’ve worked hard to cultivate and maintain strong relationships with each of them individually and as a group. I spend a lot of time with them and have structured my workday to be with them after they are done with school each day.

    Sometim....

  • MONDAY, July 17

    My mom worked as a nursing supervisor at city health clinics in Cincinnati. Not only did she help many people who couldn’t afford to go to a traditional doctor’s office, but she also went above and beyond regular nursing care by providing food, counseling, and humor to her patients. She treated ....
  • SUNDAY, July 16      6 Pentecost

    My daughter Nia helped build a labyrinth on the grounds of our diocesan camp. The staff worked extremely hard on this project for several weeks, hauling and arranging crushed rock and red brick.

    I serve on a commission that meets at the camp; during one meeting, we had a....

  • SATURDAY, July 15

    The Bible is full of reminders to praise God. The psalms, in particular, offer frequent praise and thanksgiving. We know that God is worthy of praise for everything, from creation to our many blessings. But just how often do we need to hear those reminders?

    When we want ....

  • FRIDAY, July 14

    We had a rule growing up: Never fight with your siblings in public. We were to defend and support each other. Mom convinced us that she had spies everywhere—even if she wasn’t there, she’d find out the truth of what we had or had not done.

    John Ohmer’s book S....

  • THURSDAY, July 13

    Last summer, after a two-year fight with chronic hip pain, my doctor began discussing surgery. When surgery sounds like a relief, pain has been in charge for too long. Pain doesn’t stop at affecting your mobility—it seeps into your mind, convincing you that you don’t deserve to feel better. Fa....
  • WEDNESDAY, July 12

    When you see someone approach you, to what do you respond first? Facial characteristics, or how tall the person is? Do you observe hairstyles or fashion choices? You see this person and immediately begin to form opinions. In just a few seconds, you have made up your mind about characteristics of thi....
  • TUESDAY, July 11

    One of the fundamentals of our faith is the belief that God created the world. For six days, God creates, and God rests on the seventh. When the Israelites are wandering in the wilderness, God sends them food to eat all week long—but not on the sabbath. Even the women who prepare Jesus’ body and....
  • MONDAY, July 10

    Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s are moving swiftly through my friend’s husband. Allison has watched a dynamic, active partner deteriorate into a man who no longer knows her name.

    A gifted writer, Allison records the depths of her grief and her joy, refusing to hold bac....

  • SUNDAY, July 9     5 Pentecost

    My tempestuous relationship with food has evolved through the years. Lots of self-care, introspection, and research has brought me to a place of respect for myself and for food. Yet, even with all of the knowledge, wisdom, and understanding, I sometimes still binge.

    Here....

  • SATURDAY, July 8

    Forward Movement’s offices are on the third floor of the building that houses the Episcopal Diocese of Southern Ohio. The cathedral is next door and across the street is the tallest office building in downtown Cincinnati. I love working downtown—not just because of all the beautiful buildings, b....
  • FRIDAY, July 7

    My father-in-law Walter walks four to five miles each day, followed by eating a pot of grits. Every day. His commitment to walking is up there with his commitment to God and family.

    On a vacation last summer, I asked Dad if he knew any nearby hiking trails. He said, “O....

  • THURSDAY, July 6

    Many of us set fitness goals that for one reason or another fail. Maybe we have an injury, or we lose our motivation. Maybe our schedules aren’t as flexible as we thought they were. Maybe we secretly hate running or lifting or biking or sweating. Whatever the reason of our failures, it’s okay fo....
  • WEDNESDAY, July 5

    Saint Andrew’s Songbook was also known as “The Green Songbook” at my childhood church. But no one really needed the book. When Irma, our organist, started a hymn, folks would join in, humming and singing along. The gospel songs in that book were written on our hearts—we mostly held ....
  • TUESDAY, July 4      Independence Day (USA)

    My favorite food truck was serving lunch a few blocks from my office. All week, I planned to pick up lunch from there. After my last morning meeting, I headed out for my prize. As I cut across a terrace, I stepped on uneven pavement and down I went in a heap.

    Pain blared....

  • MONDAY, July 3

    What is the first thing you do when you need help? Some of us try to come up with a solution on our own. Others immediately call a parent, spouse, or close friend. How many of us actually turn to God first? Perhaps we don’t believe that God will work on our schedule—or do things the way we know ....
  • SUNDAY, July 2     4 Pentecost

    My dad took me everywhere with him. I vividly remember one ride: I was in the backseat, with a typewriter next to me. This was back in the day when typewriters weighed almost as much as a small child and before seatbelts and car seats were standard. As we were made our way down the block, the car do....

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