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We begin today’s readings in Psalm 120, with the cry for deliverance “from lying lips and from the deceitful tongue. [From] the sharpened arrows of a warrior, along with hot glowing coals.”

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Peter’s Failures

There is a temptation in failure to allow conscience and pride to turn a transient and momentary failure into something permanent and defining. Peter’s resilience is a model for us.

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Sunday, June 26

I called to God in my distress; *

God answered by setting me free. Psalm 118:5

Looking for lost keys

to locked doors,

I did not see the

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Saturday, June 25

While he was still speaking, suddenly a crowd came, and the one called Judas, one of the twelve, was leading them. He approached Jesus to kiss him; but Jesus said to him, ‘Judas, is it with a kiss that you are betraying the Son of Man?’ When those who were around him saw what was coming, they asked, ‘Lord, should we strike with the sword?’ Then one of them struck the slave of the high priest and cut off his […]

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With the birth of a baby, hope springs anew. What shall this little one become? What shall he see? What will she do? What changes will come? Hope springs anew. We imagine possibilities; we prophecy.

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Samuel’s Warning

In our reading from 1 Samuel today, Samuel warns the people what they will get if they choose a king to rule over them rather than choosing God’s rule. The king will have retainers and advance men, laborers for his benefit and for the means of war, luxuries and prime real estate, the best of everything and a piece of everyone’s possessions. The ruler will disburse his wealth and power among his own class, among the wealthy and powerful.

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Take, Bless, Break, Give

Take. Bless. Break. Give. The four-fold action of the Eucharist is something that has become profoundly important to me. It is a pattern for life.

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With a poignancy that bordered on despair, he closed his testimony with the argument from Gamaliel that we read today from Acts 5.

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Morning Grounding

It is a good thing to open the day with a cry of love, a commitment to trust that God’s love is underneath all that is.

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What’s next

Tomorrow, the Rev. Lowell Grisham, rector of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Fayetteville, Ark., takes over as the primary blogger here at Speaking to the Soul. On most days, he will write a reflection on the lectionary readings for the day. After not too long, Lowell’s work will be augmented by that of one or two other bloggers. We will keep you posted.

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