Daily Devotionals

  • Forward Day By Day - May 26, 2020
    When I joined the Episcopal Church, my first bishop often ended his sermons with these words. During his episcopate, he set bold and audacious goals: for church growth, racial reconciliation, and spiritual formation. But he never believed these goals [...]
  • Forward Day By Day - May 25, 2020
    After my friend died, I put one of his Star Wars toys on my desk. Next to it is a polished stone given to me at a spiritual retreat, a time when I decided to reset my vocation. And there’s the moose pen holder and a globe paperweight, reminders [...]
  • Forward Day By Day - May 24, 2020
    With these words, Jesus begins his longest prayer recorded in scripture. In words both profound and poignant, Jesus asks not to be released from the promise of his death but petitions for intercession on behalf of his disciples. Though every phrase o [...]
  • Forward Day By Day - May 23, 2020
    Twenty-six times we hear these words in this psalm. If the Bible says something once, it’s significant. Twice, and we better listen up. Twenty-six is the equivalent of God calling us by our full name, middle one and all. This is important. Thes [...]

  • Sweeter Than Honey - May 26, 2020
    His topic was racial tension. Yet the speaker remained calm and collected. Standing on stage before a large audience, he spoke boldly—but with grace, humility, kindness, and even humor. Soon the tense audience visibly relaxed, laughing along w [...]
  • Remembering - May 25, 2020
    On Memorial Day, I think of many former servicemen but especially my dad and uncles, who served in the military during World War II. They made it home, but in that war hundreds of thousands of families tragically lost loved ones in service to their [...]
  • Talking Tables - May 24, 2020
    Loneliness is one of the greatest threats to our sense of well-being, affecting our health through our behaviors on social media, food consumption, and the like. One study suggests that nearly two-thirds of all people—regardless of age or gend [...]
  • Keepers of the Light - May 23, 2020
    They call them “Keepers of the Light.” At the lighthouse on the cape of Hatteras Island just off the North Carolina coast of the United States, there’s a memorial to those who’ve tended the light stations there since 1803. Sh [...]

  • Thinking of Prayer as Jesus Taught
    Pray without ceasing… —1 Thessalonians 5:17 Our thinking about prayer, whether right or wrong, is based on our own mental conception of it. The correct concept is to think of prayer as the breath in our lungs and the blood from our heart [...]
  • The Good or The Best?
    If you take the left, then I will go to the right; or, if you go to the right, then I will go to the left. —Genesis 13:9 As soon as you begin to live the life of faith in God, fascinating and physically gratifying possibilities will open up bef [...]
  • The Delight of Despair
    When I saw Him, I fell at His feet as dead. —Revelation 1:17 It may be that, like the apostle John, you know Jesus Christ intimately. Yet when He suddenly appears to you with totally unfamiliar characteristics, the only thing you can do is fall [...]
  • Our Careful Unbelief
    …do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; nor about your body, what you will put on. —Matthew 6:25 Jesus summed up commonsense carefulness in the life of a disciple as unbelief. If we have received the Spir [...]