Alphabytes are object meditations
that move through the alphabet two times
in the course of the fifty-two weeks in the year.
“Loops” introduces the Twelfth of Thirteen Weeks in Pentecost:
Summer in the North, Winter in the South.
Nick reads the Alphabyte.
Look long at the looping of life.
Far and wide it swings out, seeking a point of return to stop,
to gather, to nourish, to let go, to forgive, and with love’s energy,
to move out wider yet.
Where are the points of return, of pause for your spirit?
Daily let the Word connection be one of those places
nbsp; that makes crosses on the face of life.
Let Jesus set fire to that place of intersection, igniting your heart again
launching it into the wide expanse, going freely and joyfully.
That still point will return when rest for the soul will be offered,
only to gather yet wider loops into the harvest of love that is your life.
Saturdays: The Sabbath Torah Portions
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To listen to Nick read the one-minute introduction.
When I am preparing a couple requesting to be married in our church, I inquire about whether they already belong to a church community. Sometimes I hear: “You don’t have to go to church in order to pray.” True. But the non-verbals and lack of life in the response often make it merely a game of “one-up-manship.” Very little prayer seems to be going on in some lives, and hardly any experience of the joys of being part of a faith community.
As the objects from last week’s reading, so here, places for worship are featured. 12:5 is one of three verses where Moses refers to God’s instructions about where to worship. What are the other two?
Become sensitive to the places that are especially conducive to lead you into the Lord’s presence—a church, a favorite spot for a meditation walk, a small table-like altar in your house where you are drawn to God just by going there. In order for you to find God everywhere, there needs to be some places where you find God’s face first.
What are these?
Nothing but Thee within me 12:2
Altar in the here and now 12:5
You give rest from enemies 12:10
My life as burnt offering 12:27
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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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