Dear friends in Christ,
Over the last few years, Forward Movement has been working with hundreds of congregations and tens of thousands of Episcopalians to understand spiritual growth. What works? What nurtures growth?
What we have learned is clear and unsurprising. If you want to grow spiritually and stay renewed as a follower of Jesus, there are three key practices:
- Go to church every week and hear the Word proclaimed and receive Jesus Christ in the sacrament if possible.
- Pray every day. Talk to God, and listen for God.
- Read the Bible regularly. This reminds us of the great, cosmic story of God’s love for us and helps us find our place in it.
It’s not always easy, but it’s not complicated. For almost 90 years, Forward Movement has offered an accessible, inviting, affordable way to sustain daily discipleship. Forward Day by Day isn’t just a book of meditations. Rather, it’s an encouraging way to be nurtured in daily prayer and supported in reading scripture.
If you are a regular reader of Forward Day by Day, I hope you’ll urge someone else to give it a try. It’s available in print, as a podcast, as an app, and on our website. You can read in English or Adelante dìa a dìa in Spanish. And plenty more ways!
If you’ve never given it a try, please do. It might just be the thing that helps you in a habit of daily prayer and regular scripture.
Blessings on the way.
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