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February 27, 2013

The peace of God is a reality, which rests on all of creation, although mostly unknown to us. The peace of God is there always, awaiting us patiently, through all of our hardships and anxieties.

Sometimes we know this peace. We feel its presence surrounding us, and if we stay put long...

February 26, 2013

At first glance, the story about Mary and Martha (Luke 10:38-42), unique to the Gospel of Luke, can be confusing, even irritating. Martha and Mary are hosting Jesus, and while Martha attends to the details of hospitality, Mary simply sits at Jesus’ feet, listening. Eventually Martha complains,...

February 25, 2013

A triptych, a three-paneled icon, was recently installed at St. John’s in the Village Episcopal Church in New York City. It shows a scene of Noah’s ark on the left, Ezekiel’s vision of water flowing from the Temple on the right, and a scene of the baptism of Jesus in the center.

The...

February 24, 2013

Faith is a complicated gift. It is the kind of intangible that gets battered around in Christian circles in many different ways. Some people think that faith is a matter of will – that you must strive with all your might to cultivate and build up your faith. Other feel that it is strictly a God...

February 23, 2013

In college I lived in a house with five of my closest friends and would often trade off cooking meals. I was probably the least gifted chef among us – I could boil water for pasta just fine, or painstakingly measure out the ingredients for a written recipe, but that was about it.

This...

February 22, 2013

I have a confession to make. I think there are a lot parts of the Bible that are hilarious, and sometimes I get in trouble for laughing at bits of scripture when other people feel like it’s inappropriate. There are lots of examples of this, but today’s meditation happens to be one of those...

February 21, 2013

Upon my bed at night I sought him whom my soul loves; I sought him, but found him not; I called him, but he gave no answer. / ‘I will rise now and go about the city, in the streets and in the squares; I will seek him whom my soul loves.’ I sought him, but found him not. / The sentinels found me...

February 20, 2013

“Seek the Lord while he may be found,   call upon him while he is near; let the wicked forsake their way,   and the unrighteous their thoughts; let them return to the Lord, that he may have mercy on them,   and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon. For my thoughts are not your...

February 19, 2013

A student was dissatisfied with his grade on a 10-page paper he had turned in for an assigned three- to five-page essay. He couldn’t understand why his grade wasn’t higher based on length alone. “But it’s twice the required length,” he argued. “It should be at least a B plus.” He was assuming...

February 18, 2013

It was the English writer and raconteur Miles Kington who said, “Knowledge is knowing a tomato is a fruit, wisdom is not putting it in your fruit salad.” Not only is it drily witty, but it says something very important about knowledge. In and of itself, knowledge is inert. It’s just facts. It’s...

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