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  • WEDNESDAY, February 10      Ash Wednesday

    In countless prayer and meditation techniques, the sounds and images of waves help usher people into higher states of consciousness. I think waves fascinate people because they remind us that we are dust. We roll through time like sand, swept up in the endless rise and fall of the tide.

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  • TUESDAY, February 9      Shrove Tuesday

    One of the more intimidating aspects of parenting is that children believe what we tell them. In this way, they are distinctly different from adults, who expect to work through layers to find the truth—if there is even a truth to find. We accept that our political leaders will lie to us as a matte....
  • MONDAY, February 8

    My father would offer amusing, unapologetic opinions on any subject and seemed to believe that humility really just meant beating around the bush. On the other hand, my self-deprecating mother identifies humble speech with good manners. The question of how to speak with self-respect and humility bec....
  • SUNDAY, February 7      Last Sunday after Epiphany

    I am chatty. I trade recipes in the grocery line and swap kid stories with moms on the playground. My husband and I talk a lot, and our kids learned to talk early. We have a lot of rules in our house about interrupting.

    Perhaps for that reason, I understand Peter’s biza....

  • SATURDAY, February 6

    I grew up close to the Natchez Trace, an historic Southern roadway that was built over and connected many ancient Native American paths and trails. New roads have been built over the old route. As I drive, I remember that this road has been used for thousands of years, by thousands of different kind....
  • FRIDAY, February 5

    It must have been nice to receive direct answers to direct questions. Abraham’s servant wants divine guidance, so he asks for a nice, clear, impossible-to-miss sign. As he is finishing his prayer, Rebekah shows up, waters his camels, and as a plus, turns out to be Abraham’s great-niece. Isaac ma....
  • THURSDAY, February 4

    John seems surprised that even Jesus’ brothers didn’t believe in him. Of course they didn’t. Had the evangelist never met any siblings? If a prophet never has any respect in his hometown, what about the Messiah, who must explain the kingdom of heaven to people who saw him in diapers? Some scho....
  • WEDNESDAY, February 3

    The story of Abraham’s sacrifice of Isaac has been subject to many interpretations, but I read it as what it seems to be: a test of faith. The story establishes a theme that scripture reiterates endlessly: nothing, including familial love, should come before the love of God.

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  • TUESDAY, February 2    The Presentation of Our Lord Jesus Christ in the Temple

    In my college art history class, we had to remember a lot of virgins with children. The syllabus listed numerous virgin depictions each week, many with children and all with different sets of historical details. They tended to blend together, so it was with a heavy heart that I noted yet another vir....
  • MONDAY, February 1

    In C.S. Lewis’ The Screwtape Letters, the devil Screwtape tries to encourage his nephew Wormwood to capture a human soul for Satan. When the demons in hell threaten to tear Wormwood apart and devour him, Wormwood appeals to Screwtape’s affection for him. Screwtape replies, “I think they will g....
  • SUNDAY, January 31       4 Epiphany

    Reading this passage at a wedding may seem like the perfect choice, mostly because Paul’s use of the word “love” seems to outline the best and brightest of what we’d all like to believe about love between partners in marriage. But these verses from Paul’s first letter to the church in Cori....
  • SATURDAY, January 30

    My wife is from Brazil, so we go to visit her family there each year. Last year, we tried something called stand-up paddle boarding, which is pretty much what it sounds like: you stand up on a surfboard and paddle around in the ocean. I was terrible at it. I fell off at least half a dozen times. My ....
  • FRIDAY, January 29

    Every summer we’d sing this particular psalm in chapel at summer camp. It was U2’s version of this psalm, also called “40,” that the camp counselors played on their acoustic guitars. We’d sing the words with our arms around each other’s shoulders surrounded by the mesquite and live oak t....
  • THURSDAY, January 28

    We’ve all woken up in the middle of the night and found ourselves unable to go back to sleep. During these wakeful times, I often think about my regrets: the friend I neglected when he was hurting, the kid I was mean to in the fourth grade, the people I could have treated better if I hadn’t been....
  • WEDNESDAY, January 27

    Every day, we become more and more aware of national and local discussions about race and the biases we hold. Some prejudices we are aware of, and others lie beneath our consciousness. These biases are a kind of impaired sight. We are not typically consciously judging people based on how they look, ....
  • TUESDAY, January 26

    When I was about thirteen, I read the Bible from front to back. I remember the way the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, and Luke disturbed me. Jesus was so enigmatic. The Jesus in John, however, confirmed my understanding of him. Almost twenty years later, I am having the opposite experience as I read thro....
  • MONDAY, January 25       The Conversion of Saint Paul the Apostle

    We’ve all searched for the right words to offer a friend in need of guidance. And most of us have probably found our tongues tied during a passionate exchange over right and wrong. Sometimes, my fear of saying the wrong thing keeps me from speaking up at all.

    This verse....

  • SUNDAY, January 24       3 Epiphany

    I belong to a small, informal writing group. Every few weeks, we send each other our short stories or essays and provide one another with feedback. We encourage each other to keep writing and celebrate when someone gets a story or article published.

    All too often my mise....

  • SATURDAY, January 23

    I work at Trinity Wall Street, a church that is over three hundred years old. Queen Elizabeth I of England granted a large portion of Manhattan to Trinity. Since then Trinity has given most of it away, but the church still retains some buildings to generate grant revenue, fund a music program, and d....
  • FRIDAY, January 22

    Many people have a pretty clear conception of God—God is a person, somewhat like you and me, with a plan for each of us. My own understanding of God, on the other hand, is much hazier. I am uncertain about how to describe God, and I don’t really know what Jesus is talking about when he says that....

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