A Gentle Shock


Those who love a pure heart—
   their speech is gracious, and the king is their friend.
Proverbs 22:11

Have you ever been in front of someone whose name you think you ought to know, but you just can’t remember? All of a sudden, maybe just before you greet the person, you remember the name. It’s a very nice feeling; something clicks inside you that was stuck before making the connection. It feels like a gentle shock way inside.

The sayings from the Book of Proverbs are something like that. When you think about them in a quiet way, some of them will give you that feeling like suddenly remembering someone’s name. There is a sense of the truth in them that may strike you inside and make sense in your heart as well as in your mind. That gentle shock will flow through you as the Holy Spirit makes the truth alive for you.

Take the twelve proverbs in each one of these verses and meditate on them one by one. That’s the way to really grasp their meaning. Take verse 6, for example. If you learn the ways of God at an early age, you’ll want to teach them to your children when you become a parent!

Proverbs 22:1-12

Here is a sample of a seven-syllable breath-prayer
from today’s reading:
Humility brings honor. v. 4
For more information about this creative way to pray, see Bible Breaths.

This is the First Week in the season of Autumn/Kingdomtide, Year B.
Tuesdays are dedicated to Hebrew History and “The Writings.”

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…