Saturdays: The Sabbath Torah Portions
Numbers 33

Click or touch “Firestarter”
To listen to Nick read the one-minute introduction.

The history of all the people that came to the United States through Ellis Island is available in massive data banks—where each person came from, on what boat, and to what city each migrated.

Interest in connecting to one’s roots is at the heart of this chapter summarizing the history and geography of the Exodus. At this half-way point in the forty-year wandering, God wants those born after the Exodus to know the stepping-stones that enabled them to come to where they are now. A map of the Exodus will help you see the journey, just as a “dot-to-dot” child’s game helps to bring the latent picture into awareness.

Your life will seem as aimless as wandering dots, unless you take time to note the stepping-stones along your path. Each is a point of grace that has taken you to where you are right now. Connect the dots in your life so that the whole picture of what God is doing with you can emerge.

The Reading for Today
Text     Audio

Bible Breaths
What are these?
The steppingstones of my life v. 1
Clearing inner space for You v. 52
You with me, along my path
Trusting in what lies ahead

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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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4 thoughts on “Stepping-Stones

  1. Most people rush through their days and their lives in search of something that will make them “happy”, often looking outside of themselves. Everyone has their own experiences and stuff which has shaped who they are. I’ve come to discover the joy in the stuff, as I’ve been changed and have found a dependence on God in every aspect of my life. I am so grateful for the stones which have led me to this day. The quicker we step, the faster we can escape. I’ve learned the stepping makes all the difference. When we take those stones, one step at a time, we can wobble and lose our balance without someONE to support us and lean on. We have what and Who we need with us all the time.  I thank God for every stone, even the huge ones which seemed like boulders, or the tiny pebbles, which might have been skipped over!    Each stone has a story, and shapes who we are.  I’ve discovered there is always a blessing there to be revealed.   
    Thank you God, for the time this morning,  to spend reflecting on your Word. 


  2. In reading over the firestarter, the word “root” sprung out at me. Connecting to one’s roots….. Rooted in God, root of Jesse, rooted in fertile soil.

    Colossians 2:7 “Let your roots grow down into him, and let your lives be built on him. Then your faith will grow strong in the truth you were taught, and you will overflow with thankfulness.”


  3. Thank you so much, Marilyn, for sharing your prayerful wisdom.

    I too found some time to reflect this morning…

    Steppingstones: not only those from the past to the present, but also the stones of the future I am drawn to step on because of love.


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