Daily Word of Grace (August 11, 2020)

Daily Word of Grace # 106 (August 11, 2020) As part of his ministry preaching the gospel and planting churches around the Roman world the Apostle Paul spent eighteen months in the prosperous and cosmopolitan city of Corinth.  He later wrote the Corinthian church...

Daily Word of Grace (August 10, 2020)

Daily Word of Grace # 105 (August 10, 2020) When I was in college the supergroup Traveling Wilburys (Bob Dylan, George Harrison, Tom Petty, Roy Orbison, and Jeff Lynne…all in one band!) released their first hit, “Handle with Care.”  This song is a plea from someone...

Daily Word of Grace (August 7, 2020)

Daily Word of Grace # 104 (August 7, 2020) There is a phrase used to describe someone who has messed up, really messed up, and as a result has “fallen from grace” or experienced a “fall from grace.”  This means whatever favor or respect or prerogatives this person may...

Daily Word of Grace (August 6, 2020)

Daily Word of Grace # 103 (August 6, 2020) As a senior in high school English class I was introduced to John Donne (1572-1631), the Anglican priest and poet—specifically his “Holy Sonnet 10”—“ Death, be not proud, though some have called thee mighty and dreadful, for...

Daily Word of Grace (August 5, 2020)

Daily Word of Grace # 102 (August 5, 2020) On his 1975 masterpiece album Blood on the Tracks is one of Bob Dylan’s best songs, “Shelter from the Storm”, comfort for those in need of just that: “I was burned out from exhaustion buried in the hail, poisoned in the...

Daily Word of Grace (August 4, 2020)

Daily Word of Grace # 101 (August 4, 2020) On a crisp late autumn Sunday is November several years ago I spent one of the best days of my life at Joshua Tree National Park in California.  I entered at the north entrance of the park in the higher elevated Mojave...

Daily Word of Grace (August 3, 2020)

Daily Word of Grace # 100 (August 3, 2020) One of my all-time favorite Saturday Night Live skits is “More Cowbell”, which was a parody of an episode of the VH1 television series Behind the Music, specifically about Blue Oyster Cult’s 1976 hit “(Don’t Fear) The...

Daily Word of Grace (July 31, 2020)

Daily Word of Grace # 99 (July 31, 2020) Ever since Tom Petty’s hit “The Waiting” was released in the spring of 1981, when I was in sixth grade, it has been my favorite of his songs.  It not only has a catchy and memorable hook but also a recurring phrase to which all...

Daily Word of Grace (July 30, 2020)

Daily Word of Grace # 98 (July 30, 2020) One of the most beautiful (and relatable) collects in The Book of Common Prayer is this: “O God, whose glory it is always to have mercy: Be gracious to all who have gone astray from your ways, and bring them again with penitent...

Daily Word of Grace (June 29, 2020)

Daily Word of Grace # 97 (July 29, 2020) One of the best known poems of the nineteenth century American poet Walt Whitman (1819-1892) is entitled “Song of Myself.”  It is divided into fifty-two sections (perhaps to match the fifty-two weeks of a year) and throughout...