“Brother, Give Us a Word” draws wisdom from the origins of the monastic tradition, all the way back in the fourth century. Historians tell us that when the earliest monastics withdrew into the desert, they began to attract others who sought to deepen their spiritual lives. A person would seek out the desert monastics and then ask them to share some wisdom: “Abba, say a word…” “Amma, speak a word...” The “word” from the wise did not necessarily answer that person’s question, but instead it offered an instigation to lead them further into their own discovery. 

For ten years now, we Brothers have been humbled and honored to offer our “words” with readers around the world.

Testimonials:

We invited friends around to world to share how Brother, Give Us A Word has been meaningful to them. How have the daily words inspired you or influenced your prayer life? See what other have said and share your own story in the Comments below.

We hope that the daily words encourage readers along their own path to deeper relationship with God.

Br. Jim Woodrum has created a book that collects words from across the church year, from all the members of our community. Alongside the daily words, it also uses a second medium to invite you into prayer: photography. For each word, a photograph has been selected to illuminate the quote.

Photo Book now available

Quote and Sermon Index

57 Comments

  1. Cate, Massachusetts on March 5, 2021 at 10:51

    How I love the constellations spun in my inbox through Brother, Give Us A Word. Each morning, a word to guide, and many mornings, a forwarded email from family or friends about a word that caught them: “This one….” “Oh wow.” “May it be so!” “This one made me think of you and you.” How grateful I am to be woven towards the hearts of my beloveds as I catch a glimpse of the words that catch them, and when I take my own turn sending a word to a beloved on a morning something strikes my soul.

  2. Janice King Coe on February 20, 2021 at 12:58

    I Love The Lord! He hears my Cry….
    I asked Our Father to be with me through these times of Unrest with Political Unrest, Covid Unrest and Climate Unrest and so many Signs and Wonders….
    He gave me this website to worship GOD IN Spirit and Truth. Oh How I Love your worship gatherings and Brother Give Us A Word. I Love you for the Great Offering of Worship from one alone in a strange land …

  3. Annie, Melbourne Australia on February 10, 2021 at 19:35

    The wisdom, thoughtfulness, humour and practicality of Brother Give us a Word has been a great blessing to me. I discovered SSJE years ago when my Uniting Church in Brunswick, Melbourne ran a Lenten bible study with SSJE material. Since then I subscribed to the emails and have found them of great encouragement in my spiritual life. I feel that God speaks to me through SSJE. Early in March 2020, I was in Boston and came to a lunchtime service. It felt like a gift from God, that I got to come, before everything started to change. It was like being welcomed home when I heard the bells!
    Annie, Melbourne Australia

  4. Rosemary Feal on February 10, 2021 at 10:01

    I often listen to the sermons (how I love those bells!) before I get out of bed. They help me put God first in each day. The distinctive sound of each Brother’s lets me imagine we are all together in chapel (we are in pandemic times). The erudition, the humanity, the compassion— all of these aspects of BGUAW touch me deeply.

  5. Pete Taft on February 10, 2021 at 09:12

    Simply put, reading BGUAW is the most important part of my day. I love its brevity, clarity, meaningfulness and purpose. Bless the brothers.

  6. Valerie on February 8, 2021 at 09:09

    With every word comes an enrichment in my life. Often I struggle to find how deeply a word resonates but when I do it’s a blessing and reward. The SSJE Community is a breath of renewal and restoration. Thank you for this ministry of faith, commitment and love. You inspire me!

  7. Kathy Brock on February 8, 2021 at 08:29

    I started reading Brother, Give Us a Word several years ago, as the first thing I do when I start my computer in my empty classroom early in the morning. It quickly became what I looked forward to as I started my day – a lift, an encouragement, and a direction for the day. If I was running late or had meetings and couldn’t get to it early, I would “sneak” it in while my first class of students were working on something.
    Now, it’s still my first thing, but it feels more like a lifeline, as we slog through the virtual learning purgatory. It speaks like a friend, a fellow traveler, perhaps even a rescuer, holding out hope and drawing courage to carry on. Thank you.

    Kathy
    Richmond, VA

  8. Stuart Pike on February 6, 2021 at 14:53

    I read them every day and when I write a parish email, I always include one at the end of the email with a link to SSJE. So many of my parishioners have commented how much they appreciate them. During this pandemic we are also posting a 20-minute Evening Prayer online six nights per week (omitting my day off – usually Friday.) In the cycles of prayer that I do in the intercessions, I always pray for a brother – usually the one who posted the Word that morning. I would like a full list of the brothers though, to make sure I’m not missing anyone out.. My parishioners now consider SSJE to be in spiritual partnership with us.
    Canon Stuart Pike
    St. Luke’s Church
    Burlington, Ontario, Canada (Diocese of Niagara.)

  9. Fr. John Saynor on February 6, 2021 at 10:39

    I am a priest in the Anglican Church of Canada! About 40 years ago, I visited the SSJE house in Bracebridge, Ontario. It was a difficult time in my life and the brothers there literally saved my life. Brother, Give Us A Word helps me to stay anchored to the Word enabling me to minister more effectively. It is amazing how often one of your postings speaks to the reading of the week. I often quote SSJE in a sermon! Thank you! I am very pleased with what you are doing digitally during these difficult days of the pandemic. Keep up the good work and God bless!

  10. J Jesus on February 6, 2021 at 10:32

    The messages have transformed my life. I listen to them as I make my bed and get ready for the “busy” day. Listening (and sometimes reading them) have helped me “stop” and reconnect with God and myself. I find the universal messages of truth always to be a sweet, yet assertive, command to encourage me to remember and act on the notion Love as I go through my journey… to serve and love as the center of everything… from Love, through Love, to Love, and most importantly, in The Christ’s Love.
    I am grateful to the brothers and God.
    Jesus C. Sacramento, California.

  11. Frank Holby on February 6, 2021 at 09:39

    God’s most intimate messages to me are the gifts he gives after reading and meditating on his word. When I’m going about my business and something dawns on me, I hear Jesus saying to me, “You asked for wisdom, and I told you I’d give it generously. Here’s todays morsel. Chew on it a while.” That’s what I feel like I’m getting when I read “Brother, Give Us a Word” – messages that spring from lives devoted to prayer and saturated with scriptural wisdom. Each day’s thoughts are encouraging and revitalizing. Thanks be to God!

  12. Laura Vaughan on February 6, 2021 at 09:14

    “Brother, Give us a Word” has been an anchor for me. Your words and wisdom shared have been water and nourishment for my soul as I have seen things with new eyes and grown deeper roots on my own faith journey. Thank you for being such a bright light!

  13. Terri L. Young on February 5, 2021 at 13:42

    Brother, Give Us a Word— has been the anchor that holds the vessel for me over the past 5 years I have followed…Congratulations on your 10 years!
    I so look forward to the daily spiritual shot in the arm and as a clergy person (retired), dealing with no worship and no (physical) community, SSJE has been as lifeline. Thank you, Brothers for the gift of your faith; I offer mine to you in return.

  14. Sylvia Robinson Corrigan on February 5, 2021 at 11:42

    I am deeply grateful to be met just where I am each morning with the love, light and wisdom measured out in the simple statements of “Brother, Give Us A Word.” Thank you!

  15. Pamela Forbes on February 5, 2021 at 11:18

    The daily Word and the weekly sermons of you SSJE brothers are among the host of blessings you send out into the world to mark and smooth the path of our walk home to God. I’ve been a follower for about five of the ten years you have provided this grace-filled contribution, and your words have guided my journey. It has been a privilege to listen to the voices, prayers, and Spirit-filled inspirations you have preached. In particular, I have been able to hear the growing and deepening connection to the Holy that the words of individual brothers demonstrate. You show us, the listeners in the secular world, what faithful prayer, study and practice sound like as you teach and as you, corporately and individually, draw nearer to God. Thank you, and thanks be to God.

  16. Henry, Oxford on February 5, 2021 at 09:10

    A phrase I recently heard is framing everything I’m saying: “you can choose the voices you listen to.” We are all so glad to have chosen to listen to you. The voices that bring us Brother, Give Us A Word have spoken and echoed in my mind over the years and transformed the way in which I can perceive the world and speak and write about what I perceive to others. It is the voice of God, of course, but carried so faithfully and truly to what He wants said. I cannot imagine how many brothers and sisters have been touched directly by these Words and by their followers who repeat them enthusiastically. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

  17. Fred Adams on February 5, 2021 at 02:22

    Dear Brothers, It is hard for me to express how much “Brother, Give Us A Word” means to me. As I stumbled across it years ago, I wanted to believe–and I did–pretty much, but I was a major doubter. “How can this be? Who really is God? What is faith? What is love?”, and on and on. I began reading the advent series one year, and then more, and then more, and then more. and you began to answer my questions. I journaled your words and ideas, I wandered, and wrote, and the Spirit led me, baby step, by baby step to such incredible “discoveries” and growth. I have a long way to go, BUT I want you to know that you were the vector that led me on and on. Without you??? I connected with so many of you and your words, each of you in a special way, but especially to Br. David Vryhof–we must be related. He gets me where I live! God’s blessing to each of you and my personal thanks.

  18. Maureen on February 4, 2021 at 08:39

    Many years ago I participated in a weekend spiritual retreat in Cambridge. Brother Maury and Duke were my mentors. Brother Maury guided me with this statement of wisdom “…ask for your relationship with
    God be revealed to you and wait …”. This one beautiful statement changed me. I continue to grow and with the reflections provided by Brother,Give US A Word, is the soft place to fall as I learn to participate in Love.
    Thank you Brothers.

  19. anna zilboorg on February 4, 2021 at 08:28

    My spiritual life has been intimately involved with SSJE. Now that I am old and limited, I look forward each day to a new word from an old friend. I’m most grateful that I can go to whole sermons and only sorry that Br. Martin was struck from the past; he was a great preacher. Blessings on you all!

  20. Katherine Schnorrenberg on February 4, 2021 at 08:03

    I have been posting the Brother, Give Us A Word on my personal Facebook page for a couple years now I appreciate how it makes me stop and think about my faith and its interaction my daily life. Thank you for enriching my daily life.

  21. deanna on February 3, 2021 at 17:43

    the Word enables me to focus on what is important, even if just for a few minutes. thank you!

  22. Jenny Gilbertson on February 3, 2021 at 17:03

    I came across SSJE while rummaging around the internet for something devotional to do for Lent several years ago. Though not my tradition – actually, because not my tradition – my spiritual life has been immeasurably enriched. Your shared words give me new insight and are often so pertinent. I regularly quote from them when I preach and there are some to which I return repeatedly. So my thanks and prayers from the other side of the pond – one day I hope that I will be able to visit.

  23. Alison Inglis on February 3, 2021 at 13:06

    I love Brother Give us a Word. It really embodies the true spirit of Christianity. In this time of division in the Christian church, these daily messages poignantly pull us together in to the scriptures and to the heart of Christ. Thank you so much for helping us to see the light and love of Jesus for all His creation and for encouraging us to reach out and spread his love to all people. You are such a blessing!

  24. Dr. Russell Carter on February 3, 2021 at 11:43

    Prayer and Meditation has allowed me to become the person I am today. I became a prayer minister at the UCC church my wife and I attended in New Jersey. When we moved to Virginia, I continued my ministry in prayer with the sanctification of my Episcopal priest. Through this ministry, I have grown in my relationship with God; but, more importantly, I have grown to see God in all of creation, knowing that my life is a prayer given by God’s gifts. I have been following the morning meditations of SSJE for a few years now. These thoughts have allowed me to invite a closer relationship with God and all whom I meet.
    In May of this year, I entered the hospital for a lumbar fusion; but when the doctors cut through the mesh that had replaced my abdominal muscles, a blood vessel burst, causing me to lose almost four pints of blood before the surgeons were able to repair the tear. The surgeons told me that they almost lost me on the table and convinced me they were unable to complete the fusion.
    While in recovery and in the hospital room I was in while recovering from this near-death experience, I was comforted by the presence of three angels that hovered over me in the hospital bed. There was no verbal communication, but the constant presence of these angels engulfed me with a feeling of security that I have never felt before.
    Although they are no longer visible to me, I feel their presence within me ever since those dark days in May. I know that the spirituality that I have practiced over the past twenty years is not a wasted effort. The prayers that I have been offering for others have been returned to me a hundred-fold, at least.
    I cherish the spiritual meditations from the SSJE that have allowed me to a deeper centering prayerful life. I know that living a life that is a 100 percent devotion of prayer to God in all things and for all people does affect the world. My little ripple of life, through my writing, has brought God’s love to my followers all around this small planet we are blessed with.

    Russell Carter.

  25. JOY WILLIAMS on February 3, 2021 at 11:41

    “Give us a Word” has indeed been my most important spiritual “Word” every day for several years now. The brother, whomever the brother is that day, seems to sum up in one word, an idea that I have been thinking and trying to say in many words indeed! These words are succinct, powerful, on the mark, full of insight, and reassuring both of the love of God without measure, and our need to be doers of the word and not hearers only. Thank you for this beautiful but sharp ministry.
    JOY from Pembroke Pines, Florida

  26. Ann-Marie Montague on February 3, 2021 at 08:29

    While studying at Episcopal Divinity School and residing in the guesthouse while doing so, I learned so much about the beautiful prayer life of the SSJE community. Since 2012 they have been a part of my prayer life and I am most grateful for the experience. “Word” helps me start my day with an important message; it helps keep me focused as I work among our poor and needy families here in Eastern North Carolina. The SSJE brothers showed me how to be a caring person to all I encounter by their example in action, word and deeds. Thank you for being a very meaningful part of my daily prayer life!

  27. Claire Scargill on February 3, 2021 at 02:35

    I am so glad I came across Brother, Give us a Word. It is now part of my Morning Prayer routine and I really miss it if it doesn’t arrive in my in box. I am in the U.K. and it has helped me feel part of the community. I feel I have got to know the individual brothers, each with their unique style and I get inspiration for the day ahead before say the a Daily Office. As a priest, I have also found inspiration for a sermon in the Words so thank you very much.

  28. Fr.Jack Thomson on February 2, 2021 at 19:57

    Thank you for your daily Word which I use to begin my morning devotions. They help focus mind and spirit for the tasks of the day ahead and usually of a Sunday we include one of the Brother’s thoughts in the Pew Bulletin which people read as they prepare for the Sunday Eucharist. We praise God for your faithful ministry.

    Fr. Jack Thomson – Perth, Western Australia

  29. Bette on February 2, 2021 at 19:49

    I love “Brother, Give Us a Word.” It’s brevity fits perfectly into the hectic pace of my life, and perhaps because of the brevity, all of the brothers have learned to say A LOT in few words. It truly is all the more profound because the words are so well and carefully chosen. How I wish I could get my writing students to understand that fewer words are almost always better! Some of them get copied verbatim (with proper attribution, of course) into my own spiritual journal so I can re-visit them. Some I share on Facebook. Some I send directly to an individual person I think might need to hear those particular words on a give day. “Brother, Give Us a Word” has become an important part of my spiritual practice. Likewise #AdventWord.

  30. Sue Buckman on February 2, 2021 at 15:54

    Thank you, Brothers, for your insight and your daily reminders to focus on God’s Word. You truly help me to begin each day and I am thankful for your influence in my life. Since the pandemic began I have lost one family member and seven close friends, and your words have been extremely helpful. Thank you!

  31. Rhonda Hotop on February 2, 2021 at 11:39

    I’ve loved Brother, Give Us a Word! I enjoy it’s brevity and the many writers as each has a unique style and perspective. Each day is thought and prayer-provoking. BGUAW keeps life in balance for me, and it’s a fond reminder of my spiritual director of long ago, Dick Lundberg, whom I miss. My life has gone through so many, many changes over the years with lots of moving about, and I thank you for providing a sense of stability through it all.

  32. Fr. Andrew Malcolm (FSJ UK) on February 2, 2021 at 11:14

    Thank you SSJE for Brother Give Us a Word. The daily offering starts my day, stays with me throughout, guidng and prodding me to explore and deepen my relationship with God. BGUAW is quite simply a gift from God.

  33. Sandra on February 2, 2021 at 08:27

    I run the social media for St. John’s Episcopal Church in Boonton, NJ. We have been without a priest for over a year. We were looking for options for daily reflection and inspiration. A friend posted a reflection one day, and I followed the link, and here I am.

    Brother, Give Us A Word has provided us given the congregation something to look forward to each day. It is consistent and thoughtful.

  34. Anna, Connecticut on February 2, 2021 at 07:59

    In my busy, hectic, days, Brother, Give Us a Word can stop me dead in my tracks and anchor me back in the truth of God’s love that sustains everything. Thank you for this very necessary breath of the Spirit in my inbox.

  35. Nancy/Michael Brink on February 2, 2021 at 07:07

    Give Us a Word has been such a blessing. I have been receiving your wonderful words for a number of years now and it is a part of my daily devotion. My husband and I listen to it every morning while having our breakfast and coffee. It is the best part of the meal! Thank you Brothers. You are all a blessing to so many. God bless you all

  36. Ann Hoffman on February 2, 2021 at 06:37

    Thank you, Brothers, for faithfully providing daily inspiration to me and so many others through “Brother, Give us a Word.” And congratulations on the 10 year milestone! I read your daily email every morning before my prayer/meditation time, and very often the Word carries me forward in just the right way. In fact, I am now in the habit of listening to (and reading) the sermon from which the Word comes. Thank you for these links! It is especially meaningful to hear each Brother’s voice. I never would have thought that I would read and ponder a sermon every day, and miss it if I don’t! Amazing Grace indeed! You are my Spiritual Directors at a distance (SW Florida) and a daily blessing. God bless all of you!!

  37. Jack Ellis on February 1, 2021 at 15:38

    I look forward to my daily dish of spiritual nourishment lovingly shared by an SSJE Brother and always accompanied with a warm slice of the perpetual bread of life. Thank you ever so much!

  38. J. Stewart Ball on February 1, 2021 at 12:19

    Thank you for your faithfulness which beautifully informs my own.

  39. Judy. Georgia on February 1, 2021 at 11:39

    Somehow, the brothers seem to know where I need courage and strength the most. You have given me such introspection and joy. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

  40. Dawn on February 1, 2021 at 11:36

    Brother, Give Us A Word has enlighten me so much in God’s words and given me such strength and encouragement daily. I am so thankful to my church sister who told me. I made this part of my daily walk with God, such a blessing. Thank to the Brothers for continuing to shear God’s truth with us.

  41. Cheryl Adamson on February 1, 2021 at 11:11

    Not sure how I stumbled upon Brother, Give Us A Word a few years ago but more than likely Divine intervention. The words have been a blessing in my life and I look forward to reading and reflecting on them daily. Often I am moved to share portions of them on social media, always, giving proper credit because they speak to situations that are going on in the world, my community, with my friends or myself. These may be the only encouraging words that someone may hear that day. Thank you.

  42. Rev. Patricia Barrett on February 1, 2021 at 10:58

    Has this wonderful gift of Give Us A Word really been happening for 10 years? It has been part of my life and it seems as if it has been with me forever and yet is always new. I wake early and this has given me a way to begin my thoughts and prayers and sermon writing each day. It’s been a true gift to me and now, that I am retired from active parish ministry, it helps me with life during this odd time we find ourselves in. Thank you Brothers, for sharing the gift of your prayer lives and devotions. Missing being nearer, but feel connected always

  43. Polly Chatfield on February 1, 2021 at 10:54

    Brother, Give Us A Word seems to be waiting for me each day on my computer, as if providentially, to answer a longing, a need, a fear. Each Brother’s voice, so distinctive and so warm, speaks to my anxious and fretful self with a confidence in God’s work that is like a healing balm. I could not be more grateful…

  44. Edward Greene on February 1, 2021 at 10:43

    I have been blessed by a series of gifted spiritual directors, including a Carmelite nun here in Maine, Brother Thomas Shaw of SSJE, and a retired Priest also in Maine. The most recent one told me he could no longer continue in that ministry due to advanced age, so I have entrusted myself to a small group of close friends (none of whom actually know each other!) and I can have spiritual conversations and share my joys and struggles with them. It works. “Brother, Give Us a Word” is a daily spiritual direction resource for me, and one which I cherish. There are, of course, the classics of mystical writing — John of the Cross, Teresa of Avilà, The Cloud of Unknowing, the Philokalia, Julian of Norwich, and so on. The great value of “Brother, Give Us a Word” is its contemporary relevance, citing the daily issues we all face in this world. It’s also there every day on my computer! Thank you, Brothers.

  45. Bill Furr on February 1, 2021 at 10:15

    For most, if not all of the 10 years The Brothers have been doing the “Brother Gives of a Word” message, I have been excited each morning to received their Word that has transformed by day….day after day.
    The amount of perspective each day has meant more to me than I can possibly express. The Christian motivation it offers has uplifted my life on a regular basis.
    Thanks for the Brothers for their time and energies to produce this most helpful morning devotion.

  46. Carol Vredenburgh on February 1, 2021 at 10:07

    I learned about your daily post from my spiritual director when it began, and it has been enriching my life and faith ever since. I am so grateful!! I have my own binders now of topics and printed sermons. You all have presented me with some of the most enlightened ideas about God I have ever come across, and I am slowly beginning to claim them as my own. Such a great job with increased online offerings during the pandemic. I am so deeply grateful. Thank you SSJE!!

  47. JoAnn in western Mass. on February 1, 2021 at 06:15

    I thank you every morning for your words of strength, encouragement, hope, healing, love, and, yes, sometimes condemnation. Your words teach me, feed me, heal me as Christ’s words to his disciples did so many years ago. I look forward to a daily dose of God’s word, God’s presence, through your meditations and challenges. Joyfully, I thank God for Brother, Give Us a Word.

  48. Marynelle, Virginia on January 26, 2021 at 09:39

    Love, love, love. That’s all the Brothers talk about! And I am SO glad that they do! They talk about loving God, loving one’s neighbor, and oneself. But the love they talk about the most is God’s ridiculously outsized love for each of us, that Love which prompts all other loves. I have always felt loved, having been blessed with a loving family, teachers, and friends. So, I knew God’s tender love long before my good health abruptly changed at age 57. But since then, He has assured me that neither pain, nor fear, nor disability, indeed NOTHING can separate me from His kindhearted Love. The Brothers’ messages daily point me to prayerfully seek and accept this great Love, the Love which never experiences “compassion fatigue”, which never offers a stone instead of bread! Thank you, dear Brothers!

  49. Laurel, Massachusetts on January 26, 2021 at 09:39

    I have only been to SSJE in Cambridge once, but I am a daily listener to “Brother, Give Us A Word”.  As someone who travels often for work, these words inform my morning meditations and provide a daily repurposing and remembering of how I want to choose to live my life and relationship with God and community. Sometimes I listen two to three times in a day catching some new insight, redirecting my intentions. While I am an involved member of a church in Boston, these daily words minister to me no matter where I am and provide a spiritual home when I can’t participate consistently in weekly groups at my home church. Thank you so much for your digital ministry!

  50. James, Tennessee on January 26, 2021 at 09:38

    I read these offerings every day, just after my morning prayer time. For me these daily offerings from the Brothers are another link in my prayers from weekly Lectio Divina community, prayers during the day and various other practices including practices of embodied prayer. For the past year I have come to receive these blessings as a part of the Divine Conversation I participate in through scripture readings, prayers and practices, and words from the heart of the Holy Spirit. SSJE founder Richard Meux Benson urged all who sought a spiritual life to be “in the moment”. How well I see this charge fulfilled in these daily offerings coming through the internet! You can’t be more in the moment than that!

  51. Peter, Massachusetts on January 26, 2021 at 09:38

    Brother Give Us a Word reminds me every morning of the special quality of the Holy Spirit, something I’m always trying – through my conflicts – to get ahold of. It’s a balancing act. Praying with the Brothers, I’ve come to understand the way its creative force inspires Christian liturgy, as it does all sacred texts, I imagine. Repeating the words returns us to its Light. And the Brothers keep that Light on 24 hours a day, praying together. It can show you how to live. All activities become creative when they don’t just depend on you. These daily meditations are taken directly out of the Brothers’ sermons, which in turn reflect on Gospel passages, following a sacred calendar. Each step proceeds from the Spirit that, in our tradition we say Christ left to us. For me, more than any beliefs, it has become a compass.

  52. Allison, Virginia on January 26, 2021 at 09:38

    “Brother, Give Us A Word” is food for my soul. The brothers are like master chefs whose labors continually invite me to “taste and see that the Lord is good.” Prepared with tender loving care, their reflections provide sustenance for souls that hunger for justice, thirst for peace, and long for hope. Each morning, I look forward to savoring that day’s reflection, whether vegetable or chocolate, because I know that the main ingredient is always an overflowing cup of God’s lavish love – for me and for all of God’s creation. Nourished from the riches of that extravagant love, I am strengthened for the day’s journey. So even though life is hard, and my soul sometimes grows weary, I know it can be revived by feasting on “Brother, Give Us a Word.” For that, I am eternally grateful.

  53. Melinda, New Jersey on January 26, 2021 at 09:38

    I am an ordained A.M.E. clergy, assistant pastor, and also a clinical psychologist. Through many times of difficulty and need for spiritual discernment in younger years, the Lord continually brought me to catholic places and practices. I was introduced to centering prayer, walking the labyrinth and the gift of spiritual direction. Some years ago, I was introduced to SSJE’s daily meditations and I have been reading them ever since. During this time of pandemic they have given me the spiritual focus that has proven useful in sermon preparation, providing wisdom to share in my therapy practice and recently serve as a foundation for sharing faith, hope and joy with the seniors who join in my weekly conference call. Bendiciones hermanos. {Blessings, Brother}

  54. James, New Jersey on January 26, 2021 at 09:37

    I first heard of SSJE when I was still living and working abroad. The first “Word” I remember reading was a very moving, and profoundly challenging, sermon from Brother Eldridge Pendleton. Among other things, he recounted an experience he had of hearing quite literally the voice of Jesus two days prior to suffering heart attacks. When I got home for good I subscribed to the “Brother Give Us a Word” series. Then one morning in 2014 I woke up with a racing pulse and shortness of breath and asked my wife to take me to the walk-in clinic up the street. The doctor said, “you need heart surgery, right now.” During my recovery, I read a sermon by Brother Curtis Almquist. These sentences leapt out at me:  “Fear is not a sign of the absence of God. In our fear we rather find the abiding presence of God.” Truly, in a fear-filled situation, I felt very close to God; and thanks in part to these sermons, was able to recognize that fact. I emerged with a spiritual conviction; God will bring me home and I have nothing left to fear.

  55. Michelle, Nova Scotia on January 26, 2021 at 09:37

    I’ve been looking forward to starting my day with a word from the brothers for 4 or 5 years now. They almost always seem to speak to my situation, to encourage me to go deeper, to open myself more fully to God’s love and so to be able to love those around me more deeply. I share the word often with my congregation. So often they encapsulate in a nice, pithy way, what I’ve been trying to say in my sermons. Sometimes when I doubt my own understanding of God’s extravagant love, the brothers’ words encourage me to believe that God truly is as crazy about us as I was thinking; and does ask as much of us as I feared or hoped. I am very grateful to the brothers for this daily reassurance and challenge. Thank you.
    Michelle, Nova Scotia

  56. Barbara, Texas on January 26, 2021 at 09:36

    I start each day with a Brother’s “Word” and return to it later in the day to see what I may have missed. Each of the Brothers has such a way with words and with Scripture that I can’t imagine reading any of them only once. Sometimes I use a line or a phrase from their ‘word’ in my Silent Prayer practice. These ‘words’ have prompted many prayers for my loved ones and for those whom I have hurt or who have hurt me, as well as for people I don’t know: prisoners, captives, the poor, the disabled, the marginalized. Reading the Brothers’ words helps me feel closer to them, which is a great blessing since I recently relocated from Boston to Dallas, Texas. 

  57. Hardelio, The Philippines on January 26, 2021 at 09:35

    Brother, Give Us A Word has been a blessing to me as a pastor and as a person trying to practice meditation. It has been a wellspring for me to deepen my spirituality amidst the busy life of a pastor and as a student. It invites me to pause for a while every day to read the meditation, pause for a prayer and reflect on it. It also gives me new insights that are very helpful in preparing my own homilies, reflections and bible studies as a parish priest here in the Philippines. Thank you, Brother for sharing the Word!

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