“Darkroom” – An Alphabyte

Nick reads the Alphabyte.

A closed space it is⎯free from the intrusion of unwanted light
from altering what happened when once a fleeting beam was admitted,
snatched up by the hungry film, etching an image upon it.
The image is bathed in developer, till slowly, the then conceived,
yet unseen form, can withstand the flood of light all about.

Ponder this darkroom time of the year.
Enter its quiet, protected space, where that image of your very self
etched by your Creator from the beginning,
can emerge unaltered into the fullness of the sun.
Bathe yourself in darkness. Trust it, in faith.
Take time to hold the larger lights at bay
so that the Spirit can baptize you in the holy developer
of that quiet inner touch of love and water and fire.
Hold the self in stillness so that the Word of Life
can continue to make its image upon your face…your heart…
the way you walk and live and love.
Spend time each day in God’s darkroom⎯
even if only to close the eyes for some minutes,
holding in check the pressing claims of others
wanting to make you into their image.
Protect the image of you…It is the only one God ever made.
He waits to see it develop to the full, till your face and the face of Jesus
look longingly at each other forever.

Alphabytes are object meditations
that move through the alphabet two times
in the course of the fifty-two weeks in the year.
“Darkroom” introduces the Fourth Week in Advent:
winter in the north, summer in the south.
To view all of them, see the menu option Alphabytes

Bearing the Power of the Promise

Saturday, December 28
Exodus 6:2—7:7

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To listen to Nick read the one-minute introduction.


A frustrated Moses comes before the Lord. Ever since Moses went before Pharaoh with the command he received from the Lord to let God’s people go, life became worse for the Hebrews. However, Moses always turns his troubles over to the Lord. This will become a habit for him.

Hear the strength of the promise. Moses and God’s people will need to bear the power of the promise to carry them through the continual resistance that Pharaoh will make.

Allow the promise of God do the same for you. You will encounter times of temptation, doubt, and discouragement. When that occurs, allow the power of the promise of God held out to you in Christ Jesus to fire the “internal combustion engine” of your life.

The Reading for Today
Text     Audio

Bible Breaths
“I the Lord will deliver.” 6:6
You redeem with outstretched arm. 6:6
We Your people, You our God 6:7
You giving me words to speak 7:2

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for the version for children and families.

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.
For more about the Torah portions and thoughtful commentaries, visit
The Jewish Theological Seminary.

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