No Enemies

Saturday, November 30, 2013
Genesis 41:1-52

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Joseph is a supreme example of what God can do to a heart disposed to serve even one’s enemies. He was free of rancor and of being a victim, either of his brothers’ betrayal, or of Egyptian injustice. He slept each night in peace, and so God was able to use his dreams as a way of freeing him to find favor with Pharaoh.

Will you allow yourself to be the answer to Pharaoh’s question in verse 38? If the patriarch Joseph has the Spirit of God, how much more do you who have received the promise, the regeneration, and renewal of the Holy Spirit! Once again, open your heart. Renounce resentment and hostility to any who have declared themselves to be your enemies. For you, there need be no enemies of your naming, for God is with you in Jesus.

The Reading for Today
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Bible Breaths
You giving answers to dreams v. 16
In me, the Spirit of God v. 38
Manasseh: “Pain forgotten” v. 51
Ephraim: “In hurt, fruitful” v. 52

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Saturdays are dedicated to the Sabbath Torah portions
read in synagogues throughout the world.
This plan follows those traditions that take a third of the portion
over a three year cycle, this year, the third part.
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The Jewish Theological Seminary.

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The Whole Bible

Friday, November 29, 2013
Luke 24:36-53

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St. Luke’s Gospel ends as it begins, in the Temple. From the glowing lights of the Holy of Holies and the annunciation of the birth of John the Baptist to Zechariah, to the inner glow in the hearts of the disciples waiting for the coming of the Holy Spirit, the glory and presence of God has moved through this year of grace.

Apart from the cycle of Torah readings, today concludes the three-year cycle of readings from the Bible. Each day the Holy Spirit has been doing in your heart what the Spirit did with the first disciples—opening your understanding to receive the Scriptures. As the cycle begins again next week with the flickering of the first Advent Candle, pause today with gratitude as the whole Bible lies open before you. Look through the “zoom lens” of the present moment, which embraces all of God’s Word.

The Reading for Today
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Bible Breaths
Jesus stands: “Peace be with you.” v. 36
“Touch and see that it is me.” v. 39
Open my mind to Your Word. v. 45
Jesus must die and arise. v. 46

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This is the last of thirteen weeks in Kingdomtide, Year C.
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We read the Gospel of Luke.

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Come, Lord Jesus

Thursday, November 28, 2013
Revelation 22

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The Bible begins with day and night, the Tree of Life and the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil. It ends with day only, and the River of Life. Darkness and evil are gone. Only grace flows from the river.

Images of permanent abundance characterize this final chapter of the Bible. While there is no physical temple in space, there is a reference to time in the twelve crops of fruit harvested in each of the twelve months. Time, not space, survives as the link that makes eternity descend into the months and days of our lives.

The final words of the Bible echo deeply in the emptied stillness of the heart. As the clarion cry, “Come Lord Jesus” sounds and fades away, the stillness of Advent is days away. Prepare for an ever more complete coming of the Lord Jesus into your life.

The Reading for Today
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Bible Breaths
The flowing water of life. v. 1
On my head, the name of God. v. 4
You, Lord God, will be my light. v. 5
Amen. O Come, Lord Jesus. v. 20

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Thursdays are dedicated to the New Testament, except the Gospels.

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Praise with Every Breath

Wednesday, November 27, 2013
Psalm 150

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Praise completes the collection of 150 psalms that comprise the longest book of the Bible. The word “praise” occurs in every one of the six verses—in fact, in every line of the psalm. It begins by saying where God is to be praised, then why God is to be praised, followed by four verses that direct how the praise is to be expressed. There is no time indicated as to when God is to be praised; but then there is the final verse summoning every creature with breath to praise the Lord. Since breathing takes place at every moment, perhaps the psalmist suggests that God be praised with every breath.

Today, allow your breathing to be praise, along with every word you express that fills the space about with your exhales. May many “Alleluias” be sweet smells of praise that flow from your heart.

The Reading for Today
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Bible Breaths
Praising You in every place v. 1
Praising You for all Your deeds v. 2
Praising You with lute and harp v. 3
All that breathes, praising the Lord v. 6

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Wednesdays are dedicated to the Psalms, one each week over the three-year cycle.

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Life from Beginning to End

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Ecclesiastes 9—12

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This wise writer in the evening of his life offers a sobering sense of the theme of the end of all things. While he fell short of the revelation about eternal life, still the perspectives he offers are valuable for personal detachment, setting priorities in life and realizing that the end of earthly life will come for everyone. God’s judgment will be the next event after our death as we all gaze alone with God upon the open pages of each one’s Book of Life.

Read slowly as though you are sipping hot cider on a cold autumn evening. Take chapter 12, verse 6, linking it with the encounter of the Good Thief upon the cross. The Lord will remember you in his Kingdom in heaven if you remember your Redeemer in his Kingdom upon earth.

The Reading for Today
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Bible Breaths
Wisdom is better than might. 9:16
The quiet words of the wise 9:17
Bread sent out and coming back 11:1
Breath returning to my God 12:7

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Tuesdays are dedicated the Hebrew “Writings.”

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The End and the Beginning

Monday, November 25, 2013
Malachi 3—4

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God’s love, like circles and cycles, has no beginning or end. While we mark the conclusion of the three-year cycle of Bible readings and its beginning next week in Advent, the movement of God’s Word is all of one piece. These final chapters of the Old Testament are sutured to the New. The “coming messenger” is John the Baptist. There is unity of ends and beginnings, even as Advent begins the story of God’s grace, yet points to the end, in the Second Coming of Christ.

Verses 8-10 are among the principle texts in the Bible about tithing and giving the first fruits to the Lord. Make connections with economic systems of injustice that exploit the Third World. Linger on the blessed promises of the concluding verses of the Old Testament, and the curse upon those whose hearts are hardened.

The Reading for Today
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Bible Breaths
Your messenger before You 3:1
You are like refiner’s fire. 3.2
Rising: healing in Your wings 4:2
Hearts of family as one. 4:6

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Mondays are dedicated to the Prophets,in this season the Minor Prophets.

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“Zoom Lens” – An Alphabyte

Alphabytes are object meditations
that move through the alphabet two times
in the course of the fifty-two weeks in the year.
“Zoom Lens” introduces the last of thirteen weeks in Kingdomtide:
autumn in the north, spring in the south.
Alphabytes in Kingdomtide: “Nose” to “Zoom Lens”

Nick reads the Alphabyte.

I need a zoom lens for this year that is over—an inner eye that
widens the angle to catch the whole landscape
from the first Advent Candle
to the exalted light of Christ the King.
And then a turning of the lens zooms
into an hour and minute’s meaning,
as each is cycled into days that make wholeness of the year,
as some great search for clues or fingerprints.

A tiny drop of blood carries with it the whole of a life’s unique, wide expanse.
So too, the way you live each moment
says something about how your whole year is,
for every moment’s yes or no to life
sets the flow of time’s next movement,
just as the energy of the flow is released by repentance.
Whatever you see—whether close up or far away—
is filed away in the pages of the Book of Life, ever to be perfected
as you pause and relish each page,
creating change by grace
in the empty pages that lie stretched out before you.