The day you took your first steps is on that your parents will never forget. They were holding you by the hand to help you walk, and then the moment came when you started to walk on your own.
God is thinking of Himself as a parent just like yours. God too is remembering the days teaching God’s “child,” God’s people, how to walk. We catch the tender memories that God has of those days…and God’s sadness too, for when the people learned how to walk holding the Lord’s hand, they soon let go and began to hold the “hands” of other gods who led the people astray.
Hearing about God’s tenderness is like drinking a fresh, cool glass of lemonade on a hot summer day. God’s love is even more refreshing, because it’s so real and fresh everyday. Imagine that you are holding God’s hand closely as you read these verses. Be sure and hold on when you stop reading. Today and everyday, hold onto God’s hand while he shows you how to walk where God wants to lead you.
Here is a sample of a seven-syllable breath-prayer
from today’s reading:
You lead with cords of kindness. v. 4
For more information about this creative way to pray, see Bible Breaths.
This is the eleventh of thirteen weeks in the season of Pentecost, Year B.
Mondays in this season are dedicated to the Prophet Hosea.
These Firestarters are from a new edition of The Bible Through the Seasons being developed for families with children. For the Firestarters in the original edition, I recommend the ebook. You will have the entire program of well over a thousand Firestarters with you on your phone or tablet. More information…