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Balance and Focus

Early in the morning, at daybreak, Luke tells us that Jesus “departed and went into a deserted place.” This is one of a number of times in Luke’s account when he speaks of Jesus’ praying. Jesus finds time alone with God. In that time alone, he is able to find direction and clear self-definition.

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Casting Out Fear

The message and spirit of today’s reading seems timely in the wake of the shocking bombing yesterday at the Boston Marathon. Such cruel acts intend to sow fear and to invite hate. If we are to be helpful in responding to this kind of evil, we will need embrace another way.

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This first half of the third chapter of 1st John I find problematic. The writer is setting up an expectation that can only lead either to pride or anxiety, it seems to me.

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Bonhoeffer on This-worldliness

By this-worldliness I mean living unreservedly in life’s duties, problems, successes and failures, experiences and perplexities. In doing so, we throw ourselves completely into the arms of God, taking seriously, not our own sufferings, but those of God in the world — watching with Christ in Gethsemane.

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Daniel’s Disciplines

Like Daniel and his companions, can we learn the language and compete in the culture of our exile, yet retain our identity as children of God and live according to Christ’s example of love and compassion? How do we protect our identity? Where do we set our moral boundaries?

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A good word for right now, this morning time of waiting — reading, praying, reflecting. A good word also for the active time of the day.

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Graced Living

I love the picture Isaiah paints of God’s gracious presence. “When you turn to the right or when you turn to the left, your ears shall hear a word behind you, saying, ‘This is the way; walk in it.'” It really does happen like that.

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Greater Things

Monday, April 1, 2013 — Monday in Easter Week [Go to for an online version of the Daily Office including today’s scripture readings.] Today’s

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