Better is a single day in your courtyards
than a thousand days anywhere else!
In your imagination, go to your favorite place in your life—the one you most love. Close your eyes and picture it. Imagine it with your eyes and ears and all your senses. Feel the silence that surrounds the memory, like a small boat gently rocking on the sea.
The sacred writer’s favorite place is the courts of the Lord, the lovely outer area of the Temple. Once he enters into that space, he finds himself surrounded by everything that reminds him of God whom he loves so much.
This is one of the very beautiful psalms in the Bible. It is full of wonderful feelings that you will feel yourself, if you enter into the heart and imagination of this writer. Pause at verse 10 and sink even deeper into the thought of the writer. Then from that deep place, read on till the final verses of the psalm. Go to this psalm often—just as often as you would daydream about your favorite place on earth.
Here is a sample of a seven-syllable breath-prayer
from today’s reading:
The inner court of the heart v. 4
For more information about this creative way to pray, see Bible Breaths.
This is the third of thirteen weeks in Autumn/Kingdomtide.
Wednesdays are dedicated the Psalms.
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…