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  • THURSDAY, October 30

    The peace fountain outside the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York City is a quiet oasis in a noisy city. Drivers honk their horns and people bustle around the cafes across the street, but in the green space next to the cathedral, Saint Michael spreads his wings to the sky. Despite his vict....
  • WEDNESDAY, October 29

    Honoring the past as the way to the future is a good idea but difficult to live by. Those comfortable habits often build walls instead of bridges to new, creative paths. Like the Pharisees, who kept to the letter of the old law, we find checking off a list of rules to be far easier than treating oth....
  • TUESDAY, October 28       Saint Simon and Saint Jude, Apostles

    There I was, a newcomer to the church, and the only one to show up for Sunday School. The rector sat down comfortably and opened his book. I began to apologize, offering to come back the next week. I didn’t want him to waste his time. “Don’t worry,” he smiled, “all the choirs of angels are....
  • MONDAY, October 27

    Delicate pink flowers clinging to the ancient stones of Iona—that is one of my favorite photographs, taken on a pilgrimage years ago. The hand-hewn gray bricks had once been a monk’s dwelling. Now the walls are waist-high, the rest having been tumbled end over end by the winds and waves of centu....
  • SUNDAY, October 26       20 Pentecost

    Our lives are full of creativity, whether we paint or knit, run a business or raise a family. Whatever it is, we have all seen in our imagination the completion of a project. The son or daughter in college, the finished watercolor, the successful business—all these are what our hearts yearned for.....
  • SATURDAY, October 25

    The young man in the wheelchair wanted to learn to read. In his mid-thirties, he had difficulty reading even the headlines in the local paper. So we agreed to meet for weekly tutoring sessions in a church coffee shop. A year later, his reading level had risen a whole grade. He had much more to learn....
  • FRIDAY, October 24

    Anyone who has ever given a dinner party will sympathize with Martha. There she is—the stew is bubbling over, the bread is ready to come out of the oven—and her helper has disappeared. She opens the door to find her sister Mary contentedly sitting at the feet of Jesus, their honored guest. No wo....
  • THURSDAY, October 23     Saint James of Jerusalem, Brother of Our Lord

    When I first learned to make bread, I followed the recipe religiously. I measured the flour with utmost care and anxiously tested the temperature of the water before stirring in the yeast. Then I turned on the mixer and poured the liquid slowly into the flour. What a sticky mess! Instead of throwing....
  • WEDNESDAY, October 22

    On my first trip abroad, I took a small suitcase and slept in youth hostels. Visiting well-known sights like the Eiffel Tower and Westminster Abbey was my goal. I thought I was very brave; in reality, I was very innocent. I returned home, my life changed. I had learned some important truths about ge....
  • TUESDAY, October 21

    College graduation ceremonies are very special celebrations as families and friends rejoice to see their loved ones in cap and gown. There usually are speeches, but I suspect the graduates listen more to the voice in their own heads and hearts, the one that says, “I made it! I passed my exams, and....
  • MONDAY, October 20

    There he sat, leaning against the wall of the church on a side street. Above him a poster advertised the congregation’s mission: “Take care of your neighbor!” His clothes were worn, his expression morose. He sat on the hard, cold sidewalk as if resting from a long journey.

    ....

  • SUNDAY, October 19     19 Pentecost

    I look around my study and see heaps of things. There are books and paintings and knickknacks, CDs and notepads, and an unfinished manuscript right next to a scarf I’m knitting. I wonder, if I were living in Jesus’ time, would these things belong to the emperor or to God?

  • SATURDAY, October 18       Saint Luke the Evangelist

    “Lord, prepare me to be a sanctuary, pure and holy, tried and true”—I love these lyrics from the contemporary hymn “Sanctuary.” But then I think about the words’ real meaning. Being a sanctuary is risky. After all, when Jesus said, “The scripture has been fulfilled in your sight,” hi....
  • FRIDAY, October 17

    “Listen to him!” That is God himself, sounding somewhat exasperated, talking to Peter, James, and John as if they were naughty children. They have followed Jesus up the Mount of Transfiguration, where they hear him talking with Moses and Elijah about his departure at Jerusalem. With little under....
  • THURSDAY, October 16

    When I began teaching, people often mistook me for a student. At the library I’d have to pull out my faculty ID to get an extended check-out, and many of my students were surprised on the first day to see me at the teacher’s podium rather than in a student’s seat in class. Today, with gray hai....
  • WEDNESDAY, October 15

    When we went to Greenland, I made list after list, trying to shift from hot, humid Georgia weather to icebergs and glaciers. Should I take an extra sweater? Will my coat be warm enough? In the end, of course, what mattered was not that I indiscriminately piled on layer after layer, looking rather li....
  • TUESDAY, October 14

    When a teacher friend of mine fell ill, it was a very stressful time for her and the children she taught. She could no longer run after them on the playground or stoop down to read with them. And so when the time came for one of the many tests she had to undergo, I gave her a pocket prayer shawl. Th....
  • MONDAY, October 13

    Years ago, a good friend was teaching a Sunday school class about Jesus healing a man by sending his demons into the Gerasenes’ swine, which then ran down a steep bank and were drowned. There we were, seriously considering the holy Word of God, when someone got a twinkle in his eye and asked, “W....
  • SUNDAY, October 12      18 Pentecost

    The dilemma of choosing the proper wedding garment has created a billion-dollar industry. Ruffles or pleats? Satin or lace? Formal or informal? The choices are endless.

    We too will need to make a similar choice, since we are all invited to join in the joy of Christ’s Re....

  • SATURDAY, October 11

    Growing up as an only child means that you always get the biggest slice of cake and you can play with whatever toy you want. But you also miss the companionship, the chance to share secrets with a brother or sister, and the loving support I see in my friends’ families as they grow older. There is ....

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