Daily Devotionals

Daily Devotionals

Daily Devotionals and reflections by The Rev. Dr. Richard Miles and The Rev. Rob Banse

During the COVID-19 shutdown, the Interim Rector The Rev. Dr. Rick Miles (Mon. – Thurs.) and The Rev. Rob Banse (on Fridays beginning April 3) will be creating a daily devotion with their reflections which will be added to this website. Additional resources are included in the links below. The text of weekly sermons and video of virtual worship services are included in the Sermon and Video Archives section of the website.

Friday, June 5, 2020

Good morning, Christ Church! On Sunday, I came across the following passage from Thomas Merton. I have struggled with it ever since: “Instead of loving what you think is peace, love other men and love God above all. And instead of hating the people you think are warmongers, hate the appetites and the disorder in your own soul, which are the causes of war. If you love peace, then hate injustice, hate tyranny, hate greed – but hate these things…

Thursday, June 4, 2020

Dear Christ Church Family, Are we watching the end or a new beginning? It’s a question that is going through the minds of many of us right now as we look out our windows. The Psalmist in our Psalm today had the same question. Peace,Rick+ Thursday, June 4, 2020                         RCL Daily Office Readings, Year 2 AM Psalm 50PM Psalm [59, 60] or 8, 84Eccles. 3:16-4:3Gal. 3:1-14Mat. 14:13-21 Saints Days [John XXIII] There are times when I read a Bible passage, trying to get…

Wednesday, June 3, 2020

Dear Christ Church Family, We are currently trying to disinfect our surroundings and protect ourselves from any incoming threat of infection. But what about our spiritual, interior surroundings? Is there anything to do there? Consider Paul’s advice today. Peace,Rick Wednesday, June 3, 2020                     RCL Daily Office Readings, Year 2 AM Psalm 119:49-72PM Psalm 49, [53]Eccles. 3:1-15Gal. 2:11-21Matt. 14:1-12 Saints Days Martyrs of Uganda Galatians 2: Justification, Yet Again. The threat of Covid 19 infection seems so ever- present. We find ourselves…

Tuesday, June 2, 2020

Dear Christ Church Family, Increasingly these days, on TV and in conversations, we are hearing that people are not capable of change; that who we are and will ever be is all decided before the age of 6. But it’s not true! As Christians, we are in the Redemption business, and we are led by one who is The Redeemer. Our lesson from Galatians briefly refers to one who was changed, not just in attitude, but in character. He was…

Monday, June 1, 2020

Dear Christ Church Family, Is it possible to know joy in these times of social unrest, tragic death, and human hate? Jesus tells us today that there is such a thing as an unassailable joy. He even tells us how to find it. Peace,Rick+ Monday, June 1, 2020                          RCL Daily Office Readings, Year 2 AM Psalm 41, 52PM Psalm 44Eccles. 2:1-15Gal. 1:1-17Matt. 13:44-52 Saints Days Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary (transferred):AM Psalm 72; 1 Samuel 1:1-20; Hebrews 3:1-6PM Psalm 146, 147; Zechariah 2:10-13; John 3:25-30 Matthew 13:…

Friday, May 29, 2020

Good morning, Christ Church! I am happy to report that the Banse household has expanded our horizons in this time of sheltering in place. Specifically, we have discovered the art of “binge watching.”  (Actually, I am not sure that it qualifies as an art form. It’s not like cooking or fly-fishing where you have to work on improving your skills. You just hit a couple of buttons on your remote control and off you go, racing through a whole television…

Thursday, May 28, 2020

Dear Christ Church Family, Anger is everywhere we look these days. It’s not just the political sphere, we also see it in those socially-distanced lines we all have to stand in for everything. For some, the compression of bodies in our homes has even caused it to flair there. But what if anger could be harnessed to accomplish something good? That’s what is proposed in our Ephesians passage today. Is that a shocking thought?  Sure! Check it out. Peace,Rick+ Thursday,…

Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Dear Christ Church Family, With the increasingly hotter weather approaching, it’s hard not to think thoughts of summertime and getaways. Whether it will be possible to do all that we’d like, or even part of what we’d like, given the current health requirements and social conditions, there is one journey that we can all still make this summer: indeed it is the journey of life for life. Peace,Rick+ Wednesday, May 27, 2020                   RCL Daily Office Readings, Year 2 AM Psalm…

Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Dear Christ Church Family, Being enclosed at home so much lately, you may find that you’ve long ago run out of good things to watch on TV. You may even have had to resort to checking out “reality” TV. The hard part for me with this scripted form of “reality,” is watching folks who are basically famous for being famous (or infamous), for whom image is everything. But, in looking at our Scripture passage from the Old Testament today, maybe…

Friday, May 22, 2020

Good morning, Christ Church! One of my side gigs over the last month has been assisting the first and third graders at Highland School in Warrenton, Virginia. Janie is the Head Librarian there and asked if I would do some online reading with these students. I was happy to volunteer. Suffice it to say that it has been a blast. The children have been attentive, polite, and have made some incredible observations about these classic stories. Thus far, “Dragon Was…