Falling Dominoes

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Like a row of dominoes, all evils flow from breaking the First Commandment about not worshiping false gods. Not only do King Ahab and his wicked wife Jezebel worship idols, but really, they worship themselves. They “Want what they want when they want it”! Hear the story of conspiracy to commit murder and robbery. God uses the holy man Elijah to bring God’s message of justice to the wicked King.

We’ve come to the end of our readings from the First Book of Kings. Thirteen weeks ago, at the beginning of summer, we began the book with the story of the death of great King David, followed by the reign of his son, King Solomon. The beautiful Temple for God was built…but then right away, Solomon abandoned that one and went to worship the cheap, false gods in their temples that must have been like shacks, compared to the great Temple. Like a row of falling dominoes, wicked king after wicked king bring God’s people down with them. From the top of greatness at the beginning, we are left with something disgusting. Instead of the King and the Queen dying and having a great funeral, they both die with their murdered bodies just thrown on the ground for dogs to lick their blood.

There’s a saying: “As you live, so will you die.” Your life stretches before you. What kind of choices for God will you make?

1 Kings 21:1-27

Here is a sample of a seven-syllable breath-prayer
from today’s reading:
As I live, so will I die.
For more information about this creative way to pray, see Bible Breaths.

This is the thirteenth and last week 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”

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…

 

God and the Ground

I will heal their faithlessness; I will love them freely,
 for my anger has turned from them. Hosea 14:1

There was a tree on the front lawn of a former place where we lived, that looked like half of it was in summer and half in winter…which is another way of saying, half dead! If only there was something we could have done to the soil and the tree so that it might have been healed of its disease and live.

Hosea is thinking of something like that tree. He likens God’s people to a lily plant or a cedar tree, with roots sunk deep into the fertile soil. Like grain and wine, God’s people are going to live.

This is the last Monday we’ll be hearing about God from the prophet Hosea. He has been using very strong words to awaken God’s people to their life with God. Now in the final chapter, all the love and tenderness of God are poured out like the last drops of Jesus’s blood on the cross. God gives everything so that we will have a chance to cling to God and respond to God nudging us to love God and our neighbor throughout our lives.

Sit and sink deep into the place where you are sitting right now and picture yourself as a tree receiving nourishment from the ground beneath it. God is in the ground you sit and walk upon. Sink into God and let God’s love and life flow upward into you.

Hosea 14

Here is a sample of a seven-syllable breath-prayer
from today’s reading:
Always, Your forgiving love. v. 1
For more information about this creative way to pray, see Bible Breaths.

This is the thirteenth and last week in the season of Pentecost, Year B.
Mondays in this season are dedicated to the Prophet Hosea.

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

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…

Turn Away or Stay Close to Jesus?

“Lord, where would we go?
You have the words of eternal life.”
John 6: 69

From the heart of Jesus in union with his Father in heaven, to the very tips of his fingers as his hands are stretched out, Jesus longs to pull us very close to God. For the past several Sundays, Jesus has been teaching about the wondrous life of God that is contained in his life—his very flesh and blood that he desires to share with us as food in the sacrament of Holy Communion…and not only at that moment, but in every second of our lives.

Just about all of the first listeners to Jesus’s words wrinkled up their faces, plugged their ears and turned away from him. Picture them gradually walking away, leaving Jesus all alone with just a few of his closest friends. How comforting it must have been for Jesus to hear the words of Peter!

Are you going to be among those that stay close to Jesus all the days of your life? I wonder what became of those disciples of Jesus who never continued to walk with him!

John 6:56-69

Here is a sample of a seven-syllable breath-prayer from today’s reading:
“Flesh useless; Spirit gives life.” v. 63
For more information about this creative way to pray, see Bible Breaths.

This is the thirteenth and last week in the season of Pentecost, Year B.
Sundays are dedicated to the Gospels from
The Revised Common Lectionary

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

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…