Step by Step

No Lenten devotional would be complete without visiting the pioneering, foundational Twelve Steps of the personal recovery movement.  The theological influence immediately evident derives from an Episcopal priest, Father Sam Shoemaker, as we saw yesterday.  I present these transformational elements of any recovery program not because I believe we are

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Recovery

Lots of “Re’s” in our world right now….rebuild, reframe, refocus, to name a few.  It is undoubtedly a season of recovery.  I’m finding it helpful to look towards experts in personal recovery for wisdom in how to be in moments like this.  Those experts are the anonymous heroines and heroes

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Always Lent Never Easter… NOT!!

With full credit to the mad geniuses over at lentmadness.org and yes, to homage C.S. Lewis’ Narnian Mr. Tumnus, hasn’t it felt like that at times this past year?!  Always Lent, but never quite Easter!  And even as I write this, I am fully cognizant of so many Easter moments

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Fat Gratitude

Welcome dear readers to our final devotional, as the title reflects, on Shrove Tuesday or Fat Tuesday.  Almost one year, we began this daily reflection/devotional journey together, on Ash Wednesday, February 27th, 2020.  Just a short daily spiritual tickler to invite parishioners into a more engaging Lent, we thought.  And

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Light in the Darkness

Dear readers, in this penultimate daily devotional, we close our Epiphanytide season.  We also step through a major liminal threshold as we pass from the Advent/Incarnation/Epiphany focus of our Christian liturgical calendar to the Lent/Easter/Pentecost focus.  Both foci are essentially critical to a grounded, Trinitarian and properly Christological Christian faith

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Waffles or Apples for All!

Happy Last Sunday of Epiphany ya’ll!  Seriously, that’s the official prayer book designation for today!  By tradition we close Epiphanytide with the greatest Epiphanic moment of Jesus’ ministry short of the cross and empty tomb, His Transfiguration!!  But since we’ve sufficiently explored the big Fig in some detail earlier, let’s

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Absalom

It has been my honor to introduce you to many varied Christian personages throughout these reflections and devotionals, many you already know at least by reputation.  It is my honor to introduce you to our last saint, one you may not know, but one of our most significant.  Today marks

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100

Late last year I saw a friend in the Homestead Court Club weight room.  As he was leaving I said casually, “Take care.  See you back soon!”  His reply?  “No, not in here for awhile!”  Curious, I asked him why.  His answer fascinated me.  He explained he was initiating a

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