"I Love the Rain"

There is a running saying in our house. Whenever we hear or see rain, Crystal immediately shouts out “I love the rain.” She says it for two reasons... first because it’s her “thing to say” (most everyone has a saying, don’t they?), and second because she actually does love the rain. She appreciates the good gift it is from God, how it refreshes the earth, how it cleanses everything, and how it rinses the dirt off her car. Zechariah 10:1 says, “Ask the Lord for rain in the springtime; it is the Lord who sends the thunderstorms. He gives showers of rain to all people, and plants of the field to everyone.” Brothers and sisters, rain gives us the very obvious opportunity to see God at work and g

Seven Weeks

It’s hard to believe that we have not gathered together in person for seven weeks. With several more weeks of physical separation to continue, how things “used to be” becomes more and more of a distant memory. It’s clear this is different… different than anything we have experienced before. Things will be different as we move forward and eventually gather together again. You will be different. I will be different. How we worship, when we worship, how we interact with one another will be different. Change is coming, and it’s inevitable. However, we must remember that God does not change! James 1:17 says, “Whatever is good and perfect is a gift coming down to us from God our Father, who create

Sicut cervus

As the heart longs for the water springs, So longs my soul for thee, O God. May the Lord bless you and keep you. May the Lord make His face shine upon you and be gracious to you. May the Lord lift up His countenance upon you, and give you peace. May the blessing of God Almighty, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, keep you safe and make you strong, this night and always. Amen. Fr. Brian+

Silence

Living on the Sewanee “Mountain” (it’s really a plateau) for three years changed my attitude towards silence. On the mountain, the silence is noticeable and loud, especially at night. In the still quiet, one can hear wildlife rustling from 100 yards away or more, or the noise of a late-night gathering of students from across the campus, or the deafening chirping of crickets. It’s quite startling when first experienced. Yet after a few weeks, we didn’t notice it anymore, until… We ventured down the mountain to Murfreesboro (just outside of Nashville) for groceries and some Chick-Fil-A. It was then we noticed how much noise there was in town…the cars, the construction equipment, the piped-in m

We Are Still One Body

I had a Zoom meeting recently with seminary friends. We’ve been checking in with each other on a regular basis, offering counsel to one another. It’s been a place to safely blow off steam with no judgement, of grace and understanding. One friend who is the rector of a church in the northeast informed us that her bishop had just shut down all gatherings of people in any number… no worship teams, no one (even priests) allowed on the church property, everything must be done from home. Another friend who’s in Florida has been doing services online for the last 5 weeks outside in their courtyard, and was so excited to be able to move into the church this Sunday, now that their internet has been h

Roller Coaster

In my early 20’s, before I got married, my dad and I went to Six Flags over Texas. My parents were living in Arlington at the time, and I had free passes. I told my dad that if we went, we had to ride the good rides. I didn’t want to waste my passes and us just walk around the park. He agreed. We started with the simple rides. Nothing too terrifying… no loops or big drops, no tunnels or high speeds. Just the basics. But after a while, I talked him into riding the big one (at the time)… Mr. Freeze! This steel coaster pulled you up to vertical, at what felt like 100 feet, paused, then dropped you into multiple loops and a corkscrew going 70mph… backwards! At the end of the track, it dropped yo

Tonsils

When our daughter was just 4 years old, we noticed that she began snoring. This was no ordinary snoring. It was an earth-shattering, house-crumbling snoring… a snoring that could be heard three doors down from our duplex in Sewnaee. Keep in mind, she comes from a long line of snorers… me, both my parents, and my grandfather. The fact that she inherited this “tradition” was no surprise. What did surprise us was periodically, during particularly heavy snoring sessions, she would stop suddenly, then breathe quickly, as if gasping for air. At this point, we knew we had to get her to the doctor. So in the summer of 2012, we took her to a pediatric ENT. He took one look and said out loud, “whoa!”

Where Did They All Come From?

If you’ve been out and about lately, whether walking your neighborhood or driving around just to have a change of venue, you might have noticed the sidewalks, bike lanes, and walking trails have exploded with people. The slowdown of the workday has driven many out of their homes for fresh air on a regular basis. Even more fascinating is observing the interaction going on (usually safely) between neighbors and strangers. I’ve heard from multiple people over the last few weeks that they are getting to know others that they never would have under “normal” circumstances. There’s an entire community of people that most of us never bothered to pay attention to, let alone see. Our bubbles have been

Creation

Have you been outside lately? The last 4 days have been glorious… cool breeze, warm sun, clear skies, bright green grass, blooming flowers. God’s creation in nature is always breathtaking, and God has been showing off since Easter! There’s a freshness in our little part of the world right now, a freshness that seems counter to our current reality. This freshness is a Holy, God-breathed gift. It should remind us that no matter the situation, God surpasses all understanding and all earthly circumstances. God has and will redeem all things through His Son Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior. Jeremiah 32:17 says, “Ah Lord God! It is you who made the heavens and the earth by your great power and by

Monday Thursday?

Monday Thursday? Growing up, the Thursday of Holy Week confused me. What confused me was not the liturgy. It made sense to me. The last supper, the washing of the feet, the stripping of the altar… all of this needed to be done in order to do observe Good Friday. What confused me was the name. I never understood why one Thursday a year we added Monday. Of course, that’s not the name, and as I grew older, I started to pronounce it correctly… Maundy Thursday. Most understand the word Maundy to come from a Latin word that means commandment. In the upper room, Jesus commanded his disciples to love one another. Jesus said, “I give you a new commandment, that you love one another. Just as I have lo

Holy Wednesday

“So keep your mind on Jesus, who put up with many insults from sinners. Then you won’t get discouraged and give up.” This is verse 3 of Chapter 12 from the Letter to the Hebrews. It’s a reminder to us, this fourth day of Holy Week, of where our focus should be this week and from where our strength comes. We walk in the footsteps of Jesus, through death on the cross, to the empty tomb revealed to the world on Easter day. Our energy and strength to walk this week comes from the very one who gave himself for us. He embraced sabotage, betrayal, pain, and ultimately death, so that we might have the power and courage to walk in his very footsteps… and so that we would have the strength to endure a

Holy Tuesday

The psalm appointed for Holy Tuesday is Psalm 71:1-14. It says in part, “In you, Lord, I have taken refuge… Be my rock of refuge, to which I can always go; give the command to save me, for you are my rock and my fortress… For you have been my hope, Sovereign Lord, my confidence since my youth… From birth I have relied on you; you brought me forth from my mother’s womb. I will ever praise you… My mouth is filled with your praise, declaring your splendor all day long… As for me, I will always have hope; I will praise you more and more.” Perhaps, like me, you see the relationship between safety, protection, hope, and praise that the psalmist proclaims. Because of God’s knowledge of his creation

Monday in Holy Week

Today we continue our journey into Holy Week, started yesterday with Palm Sunday. On this day, we focus our thoughts on the anointing of Jesus in Bethany. John 12:3 says, “Then Mary took a twelve-ounce jar of expensive perfume made from essence of nard, and she anointed Jesus’ feet with it, wiping his feet with her hair. The house was filled with the fragrance.” This act by Mary was an act of devotion. Whether it was a foreshadowing of his death, or putting him in a place of high regard as a guest, Mary’s instinct was to serve Jesus in this holy and intimate moment. It should be our instinct as well. We are called to serve our Lord and Savior always, and in particular this week. We do it by

The House of God Forever

May the Lord bless you and keep you. May the Lord make His face shine upon you and be gracious to you. May the Lord lift up His countenance upon you, and give you peace. May the blessing of God Almighty, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, keep you safe and make you strong, this night and always. Amen. Fr. Brian+

Why?

“It is no part of the Christian vocation, then, to be able to explain what’s happening and why. In fact, it is part of the Christian vocation not to be able to explain—and to lament instead. As the Spirit laments within us, so we become, even in our self-isolation, small shrines where the presence and healing love of God can dwell. And out of that there can emerge new possibilities, new acts of kindness, new scientific understanding, new hope.” N.T. Wright It's a question I imagine all of us has asked, perhaps even multiple times. Why is this happening? Why is this happening to me? Why is this happening now? The problem, as Bishop Wright notes, is that these questions have no answer this sid

The Close Of The Day

O gracious Light, pure brightness of the everliving Father in heaven O Jesus Christ, holy and blessed! Now as we come to the setting of the sun, and our eyes behold the vesper light, we sing your praises, O God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. You are worthy at all times to be praised by happy voices, O Son of God, O Giver of life, and to be glorified through all the worlds. The prayer above can be found in Evening Prayer, Order for Worship in the Evening, and Daily Devotionals for Individuals and Families in the Early Evening from the Book of Common Prayer. Few words in our Book of Common Prayer offer more peace and comfort at the close of the day than this prayer. It reminds us that our bles

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