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Deacon’s Dismissal

Influence

My father told me stories. I do not know where they came from, whether tales he heard, his own inventions, or stories from his own life. I wish I could ask him…. A schoolboy was summoned by the principal to come to the school with his mother. The principal said to the mother, “Your son…

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Lottery tickets

There is an old joke about a man who prays daily, “God! Please, please, let me win the lottery! Please!” This goes on for years until, one night, kneeling by his bed, praying to win the lottery, the thunderous voice of God cries out, “At least buy a ticket!” And so we go into the…

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Coffee hour

Every week at coffee hour, years ago in another church, a man would pour himself a cup, take a few cookies and sit at an empty table. I figured him a curmudgeon and thought it a kindness to sit with him. We had a delightful conversation and then, at last, I asked him why he…

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Telephone

As a boy, I spent time with my grandmother. In her hallway, a small wooden stand with a rotary dial telephone. When it rang, the first and second ring elicited no response from Grandma. On the third or fourth ring, she set aside her reading or knitting … Fifth …. Sixth ring, she levered herself…

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Windows

I live in an apartment. My windows all face east. There is no view to the west. Storms and clouds, wind and rain, the brightening sky after the rain, all are blown across the land by the west wind. Most days, I see from my windows not what is coming, but what already is. “The…

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Hectic

In this week’s New Yorker, an article titled “No Time … How Did We Get So Busy?” We have so much to do, so little time. How might we slow down, find time to think, to do nothing, to journal, meditate, keep watch or simply pray? Beautiful – and very short – Daily Devotions for…

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Reflect

Among the rich traditions of our Episcopal Church is the Daily Office, prayers and scripture for family and personal devotions. In The Book of Common Prayer, beginning on page 934, readings from scripture are set out for every day of the week, in a two year cycle. The pamphlet Day by Day lists the scripture…

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Signs

I have been driving through Kentucky and Tennessee, reading signs and billboards as I go. A sign in front of a church said: “Spring is here and God is all around us!” I wanted to turn around and add an asterisk to that sign: “God was here all winter, too!” I kept driving. Then I…

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Change the world

This from a letter received by a man in prison: “I expect to change the world today, not with grand gestures or mighty acts but with a dry bone to a hungry dog, a dime and a listening ear to a beggar, a kind word to someone who has not heard a kind word in…

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Construction

My friend had never been east of the Mississippi. He got out of his car and said: “I wanted to avoid highway construction so I bought a map that shows where they’re working. I avoided those roads. This morning, the lady at the hotel told me to drive up on this one road, she said…

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