The Arms of the Psalms

Lord, you have been our dwelling place
in all generations.
Before the mountains were brought forth,
or ever you had formed the earth and the world,
from everlasting to everlasting you are God.

Psalm 90:1

Wednesdays are dedicated to the psalms in this Bible plan. Just as Wednesday is the center of the week, with arms extending on either end from the Sunday before to the Saturday following, so it is with the Psalms. They reach out their arms to embrace the Old and the New Testaments. They are universal prayers, stretching across the earth to all those who believe in the one true God. The psalms are prayers for Muslims too.

It’s the middle of the work-week when so many are between weekends, the time when some renewal can take place on Sabbath and Sunday, days of rest…though many do not find themselves taking rests for their souls to find deeper connection to God.

In your imagination, take a look at the earth from a satellite far out in space. There we all are—over seven and a half billion of us human beings on the earth. So many are doing everything else but praying to God! So you do it for them in the wonderful verses of this psalm.

Psalm 90

Here is a sample of a seven-syllable breath-prayer
from today’s reading:
Lord, You are my dwelling place v. 1
For more information about this creative way to pray, see Bible Breaths.

This is the ninth of thirteen weeks in Kingdomtide,
autumn in the north. Year B
Wednesdays are dedicated the Psalms.

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…

One Line about You

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The Lord had not said that he would blot out the name of Israel
from under heaven,
so he saved them by the hand of Jeroboam son of Joash.

2 Kings 13:14

I don’t know about you, but these chapters about a whole bunch of wicked kings hardly makes this part of 2 Kings my favorite part of the Bible! If we find it lifeless and boring, I wonder how God feels!

But there is always something positive to take out of any part of the Bible. Let’s think about the obvious: this part of 2 Kings is a summary of a list of the kings of Judah and Israel. I was thinking: someday, you and I will be part of a list of all our family members who have gone before us and who will come after us. Our names will become part of a long list like columns in a phone book! Imagine such a list, with a one-line summary attached to each name, just as the sacred writer does in these historical books of the Bible.

Now here’s the question: What is one line about yourself that you would like to have connected with your name forever?

2 Kings 14:23-29

Here is a sample of a seven-syllable breath-prayer
from today’s reading:
My whole heart—the offering
For more information about this creative way to pray, see Bible Breaths.

This is the ninth of thirteen Weeks in the season of Kingdomtide,
Autumn in the north. 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…

 

The Laser Beam of Prayer

Open your ears, my God, and listen! Open your eyes and look at our devastation. Look at the city called by your name! We pray our prayers for help to you, not because of any righteous acts of ours but because of your great compassion.

Daniel 9:18

Laser beams: one of the amazing inventions in modern times. These beams can reconnect delicate areas of the eyes as well as do other wonderful things.

Praying for someone is like sending a laser beam of your love and God’s love into their souls and bodies. That’s the way Daniel prays in the reading for today. As you read his prayer, let your mind and heart be open to how you too can pray for the people of this earth, all of whom are God’s children.

You will notice four aspects of Daniel prayer that can be summarized under the following acronym: ACTS: Adoration, Contrition, Thanksgiving and Supplication—another name for prayer requests. So let’s you and I do ACTS today and everyday, sending laser beams of prayer to those for whom we are called to pray.

Daniel 9:1-19

Here is a sample of a seven-syllable breath-prayer
from today’s reading:
You—mercy and forgiveness v. 9
For more information about this creative way to pray, see Bible Breaths.

This is the eighth of thirteen weeks in Kingdomtide,
autumn in the north, Year B.
Mondays in this season are dedicated to the Prophet Daniel.

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…