Well, the Temple is all done and now Solomon finds himself with some quiet time with God alone. God appears to Solomon. Listen closely to what God says to him…and to you and me as well.

The whole future of God’s promises to Solomon and to his people are like a great door that will open and close if the hinges are oiled and the door is set perfectly into the hinges. Such a great door feels like it is floating on air when it is hung this way. It can be opened just by pushing against it with your finger.

The two hinges for God’s message today are “if” and “then.” If Solomon acts with the same goodness of heart of his father, the great King David, and if he stays close to God, then the doorway to God’s future will open wide. But if the conditions are not met, the doorway to God will be closed tight.

What do you think and feel from this reading? God has some wonderful things in mind for you, just as God had for Solomon. Just dream about the years to come, and picture what you might be doing, and what you might be feeling.

1 Kings 9:1-9

Here is a sample of a seven-syllable breath-prayer from today’s reading:
Your name always in my heart 9:3
For more information about this creative way to pray, see Bible Breaths.

This is the seventh of thirteen weeks in the season of Pentecost, Year B
Tuesdays are dedicated to Hebrew History and “The Writings.” For the rest of this season, we read 1 Kings.

Calendar for 2018: “God’s Year of Grace”

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