“Laser” – An Alphabyte

Nick reads the Alphabyte.

Light means more than floods of waves of the right length for the eye to see. Rays can now be gathered into a single length and sent in one selected direction, making three additional results of light possible: sounding, printing, and fusing. So too does the Scripture share in these qualities.

First, there is a FLOODING of your being with the passage, bathing all of you in the love-light of the Word. The next day’s passage could be introduced the night before, so that you can sleep with it, allowing mulling and dreaming to happen, as God’s Word blends with the restoration that so beautifully happens in sleep.

“I think of you on my bed, and meditate on you in the watches of the night” (Psalm 63:6)

The Word SOUNDS within the soul. Listen inwardly to the movement of the passage.

“Faith comes from what is heard, and what is heard
comes through the word of Christ.”(Rom 10:17).

Then there is the PRINTING of the Word, as the laser-like quality of the Word is etched, inscribed and written upon the heart. Here a close, meditative reading takes place. What are you going to remember and also memorize about the passage for the day?

“Do not let loyalty and faithfulness forsake you; bind them
around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart.” (Pro. 3:3).

Finally the Word FUSES broken, disconnected parts of the mind, as faulty thinking continues to hurt the heart from sins of the past⎯yours or others. Allow a laser ray to touch attitudes and ways of thinking that need to be soldered and fused by the Spirit. Where in the body does the ray need to penetrate, bringing healing to your body as well?

“The Spirit of the Lord has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted”
(Isaiah 61:1; Luke 4:18).

Everyday, let the Word of God do all that it can
to have you transformed into Jesus.

Alphabytes are object meditations
that move through the alphabet two times
in the course of the fifty-two weeks in the year.
“Laser” introduces the Seventh Week in Epiphany:
winter in the north, summer in the south.
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The Means of Grace

Friday – The Gospels
Matthew 6:16–34

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Jesus uses the image of the secret place in his teaching about fasting. Fasting is one of the “means of grace,” taught by John Wesley and uplifted in other spiritual traditions. By setting a limit to our response to the appetite for food, the soul is purified, the focus shifting to God alone as nourishment, as is found in Deut. 8:3 and Matt 4:4: “One does not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.” (NRSV). The other means of grace are prayer, searching the Scriptures, Holy Communion, and holy conversation.

Listen to these words from the Sermon on the Mount as special inspirations from the Lord to live this season in the grace that flows from that mountain.

The Reading for Today
Text     Audio

Bible Breaths
Father in secret rewards. v. 18
Where my treasure, there my heart v. 21
More value than birds of air v. 26
Kingdom first, all else given v. 33

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This is the Seventh Week in Epiphany, Year A.
See “Solar and Sacred Seasons” in the menu above.
We read the Gospel of Matthew, except during Advent, the Infancy Narratives of Luke.

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