Daily Word of Grace (June 11, 2021)

Daily Word of Grace # 261 (June 11, 2021) In the late eighteenth century Robert Robinson (1735-1790) wrote one of the most gospel soaked hymns ever written: “Come thou font of every blessing, tune my heart to sing thy grace!  Streams of mercy never ceasing, call for...

Daily Word of Grace (June 10, 2021)

Daily Word of Grace # 260 (June 10, 2021) Christianity is a resurrection faith.  As we state in the Nicene Creed, “We look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come.”  One of the high water marks in The Book of Common Prayer is “The Burial of...

Daily Word of Grace (June 9, 2021)

Daily Word of Grace # 259 (June 9, 2021) A couple years ago I had the privilege of visiting Paris, the City of Light, certainly one of the most beautiful cities on earth.  In the 5th arrondissement is the Pantheon, where several French luminaries are entombed,...

Daily Word of Grace (June 8, 2021)

Daily Word of Grace # 258 (June 8, 2021) During his first imprisonment in Rome the Apostle Paul wrote his Letter to the Philippians, a letter replete with the theme of joy: “I rejoice, yes, and I will continue to rejoice” (Philippians 1:18), “make my joy complete”...

Daily Word of Grace (June 7, 2021)

Daily Word of Grace # 257 (June 7, 2021) The penultimate song of Bob Dylan’s 1975 masterpiece album Blood on the Tracks is the hauntingly beautiful song about something each of needs from time to time “Shelter from the Storm,” a song about a cynical burned out...

Daily Word of Grace (June 4, 2021)

Daily Word of Grace # 256 (June 4, 2021) The three books that have influenced the development of the English language more than any others are The Book of Common Prayer, the Works of William Shakespeare, and the King James Version of the Bible (aka the Authorized...

Daily Word of Grace (June 3, 2021)

Daily Word of Grace # 255 (June 3, 2021) When you meet someone for the first time, after exchanging names and pleasantries the next question is often, “So what do you do?” meaning “What is your career?”  Many 17 and 18 year old high school graduates go to college in...

Daily Word of Grace (June 2, 2021)

Daily Word of Grace # 254 (June 2, 2021) In his 1949 book The Weight of Glory C. S. Lewis (1898-1963) insightfully and unsettlingly observes a very important distinction when it comes to God’s forgiveness: “I find that when I think I am asking God to forgive me I am...

Daily Word of Grace (June 1, 2021)

Daily Word of Grace # 253 (June 1, 2021) When it comes to our salvation in Jesus Christ there is a very powerful recurring phrase in scripture: “once for all.”  The Apostle Peter wrote, “For Christ also suffered for sins once for all, the righteous for the...

Daily Word of Grace (May 31, 2021)

Daily Word of Grace # 252 (May 31, 2021) A particularly powerful prayer in the service of The Holy Eucharist in The Book of Common Prayer is the Collect for Purity: “Almighty God, to you all hearts are open, all desires known, and from you no secrets are hid: Cleanse...