Daily Word of Grace (January 6, 2021)

Daily Word of Grace # 211 (January 6, 2021) On the church calendar January 6 is not only the twelfth and last day of Christmas, but also Epiphany, when we commemorate Jesus Christ being manifested to the Gentiles.  On Epiphany we are reminded that Jesus is the Savior...

Daily Word of Grace (January 5, 2021)

Daily Word of Grace # 210 (January 5, 2021) In the fall of 2005 I saw Coldplay live in concert in Northern Virginia.  One of the many anthemic songs they played that night was a ballad of hope, a song called “Fix You” that was written by the whole band.  It begins...

Daily Word of Grace (January 4, 2020)

Daily Word of Grace # 209 (January 4, 2021) A particularly beautiful and powerful collect in The Book of Common Prayer is “A Collect for the Renewal of Life”—“O God, the King eternal, whose light divides the day from the night and turns the shadow of death into the...

Daily Word of Grace (January 1, 2021)

Daily Word of Grace # 208 (January 1, 2021) At the beginning of each year many people make New Year’s resolutions.  Maybe you have made such New Year’s resolutions for yourself…“This year I am going to lose weight (and keep it off)…This year I am going to exercise...

Daily Word of Grace (December 31, 2020)

Daily Word of Grace # 207 (December 31, 2020) As you reflect on the past year what stands out to you?  What happened this past year that changed your life—positively or negatively?  What were some of the high points or milestones of this past year?  What were some of...

Daily Word of Grace (December 30, 2020)

Daily Word of Grace # 206 (December 30, 2020) In his brilliant 1960 book The Four Loves the incomparable C. S. Lewis describes in detail four different Greek words for love: storge (affection), philia (friendship), eros (romantic love), and agape (charity).  The Greek...

Daily Word of Grace (December 29, 2020)

Daily Word of Grace # 205 (December 29, 2020) In his poem “Michael: A Pastoral Poem” the English Romantic poet William Wordsworth (1770-1850) wrote, “There is a comfort in the strength of love; ‘Twill make a thing endurable, which else would overset the brain, or...

Daily Word of Grace (December 28, 2020)

Daily Word of Grace # 204 (December 28, 2020) One of the most important events of the entire Bible was the Lord’s call to Abram, whose name the Lord later changed to Abraham.  He was wealthy, established, elderly and secure.  And yet the Lord still called him, “Now...

Daily Word of Grace (December 24, 2020)

Daily Word of Grace # 203 (December 24, 2020) One of the most powerful, high octane gospel Christmas hymns is “O Holy Night”, the mid-nineteenth century masterpiece by Adolphe Adam and Placide Cappeau.  You know these lyrics: “Oh holy night.  The stars are brightly...

Daily Word of Grace (December 23, 2020)

Daily Word of Grace # 202 (December 23, 2020) Have you ever noticed that you are given the best Christmas gifts from those who know you the best and love you the most?  Those who really know you and really love you tend to give you gifts that mean the most to you,...