“Now I, Nebuchadnezzar, worship, magnify, and glorify the king of heaven. All his works are truth, all his paths are justice,
and he is able to humble all who walk in pride.”
Slowly, but surely, a King who was God’s enemy for being so proud, gradually comes around and worships the one true God. But look at all the King of Babylon had to go through before he surrendered his whole being to praise, reverence and adore God!
The key to the King’s growth was in Daniel, the humble young man open to God who gave the king the meaning of the king’s dreams. I hope you enjoy this chapter just as the last ones. Daniel continues to be a model for the king of how humility and giving oneself to God are the ways to win. Doesn’t this sound something like an example of the reading from yesterday? The king, who wanted to be first, turns out to be last of all. While he’s eating grass like a cow, he finally comes to his senses. There’s a story in the Gospel of Luke chapter 15 that has a similar message; you might like to look it up.
Take the last verse of the chapter, verse 37. It would be a good idea to memorize that verse and let it be with you all this day so that you too can learn in your own way what the King of Babylon had to learn the hard way.
Here is a sample of a seven-syllable breath-prayer
from today’s reading:
Your works are truth and justice. v. 37
For more information about this creative way to pray, see Bible Breaths.
This is the second of thirteen weeks in Autumn/Kingdomtide, Year B.
Mondays in this season are dedicated to the Prophet Daniel.
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…