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Committing to Christ

“Fasting from this sacrament, I wonder if there is anything in this time of social distancing that could possibly be as powerful in linking me with my fellow parishioners as the sacrament of Eucharist is.  Would there be anything even half as powerful?”

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Earth Day and Beginnings

“The idea of caring for the earth and its resources is a concept far older than Earth Day and goes back to the earliest chapters of the Bible. Earth and all stars were created by God and given to us to care for and nurture so that it might provide for us abundantly.”

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A Pleasant Land for Unpleasant Times

“Almost half my week is still spent being an ‘essential worker.’  Yet at the same time, between our diocese temporarily closing our churches, and the very sobering realization that I’m the one most likely to infect our food ministry workers on Sundays, I’ve been in many ways ‘cut off from my congregation.'”  

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Earth Day Prayer

“Yesterday was Earth Day, centered within what some of us call “Earth Week.” I am lucky to be on retreat right now, listening to bird song and woodpecker drumming and wind. Gratitude for this moment and the greening trees draws my heart closer to God to see wonders in the smallest budding leaf.”

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Known in the breaking of the bread

Children sow the sidewalk
with painted rocks wearing
hearts and flowers, as though
faith could irrigate the earth with hope.

I sow my windowsill with birdseed,
a bag to feed a multitude,
though few take up the offer;
the chickadee and the sparrow,
confident of their Creator’s eye,
bolder than most stop by.

Sometimes I imagine that
instead of rolling the stone away
he turned it into bread for the birds
to swarm and peck and carry it
crumb by crumb to feed their young,
open-mouthed and shrill,
laughing at the devil.

The Revd Rosalind C Hughes […]

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Prayer of Gratitude

“It’s been awhile since I marveled at small, blue eggs, and watched a robin search for worms and return to three pecking beaks open wide for food. 
Thank you, God, for the gift of new life.”

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Must We Suffer?

“Let us learn to embrace those words we chose to throw away. Suffering. Sin. The Evil One. And at the same time let us learn to embrace those prettified words for their true meanings, their hard and real meanings. Faith. Obedience. Love. Healed. Because without walking through the shadow of death, can there be the support, love, and gifts of our Shepherd?”

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Listening with the Ears of the Heart

“Instead I have to listen with the ears of my heart.  My belief comes straight out of that part of me in which Christ dwells already, and has dwelt since before the beginning of time.  It comes from my heart, the true center of my person, the seat of my Soul. My Soul knows.”

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Following the Pillars

“Sometimes I think it would be good if we had a pillar of cloud by day and one of fire by night so that we could be sure of the direction God wants us to go. It would be easier than trying to figure it out by trial and error. Sure, the Bible guides us, and we have the opportunity for meditation and prayer, which can enable us to listen for God’s direction; however, individual interpretation and discernment can often take people in different directions even when using the same scriptures and requests.”

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Born Again from Death

“Blessed are you, O God of our Lord Jesus Christ, in whom we receive the legacy of a living hope, born again not only from his death but also from his resurrection.”

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