The fingers of a human hand appeared and wrote on the plaster of the king’s palace wall in the light of the lamp. The king saw the hand that wrote. The king’s mood changed immediately, and he was deeply disturbed. He felt weak, and his knees were shaking.
Once again Daniel shines like a precious gem, more precious than all the gold and in the whole Kingdom of Babylon. He was the only one who could read the magic handwriting that appeared on the wall of the king’s palace.
As you read the story, where is the verse that recalls the reason why King Belshazzar would end his reign in disaster? The King is a good example of someone who lost his life because of the misuse of God’s gifts, as we learned from yesterday’s Gospel. Notice how bold Daniel is—totally unafraid of the power of any king of this earth, because he is so close to and loves the King of heaven and earth.
When you place your life against the example of Daniel what do you find? If God were to write a few words about you on the wall of your heart, what would they be?
Here is a sample of a seven-syllable breath-prayer
from today’s reading:
You writing upon my heart v. 5-6
For more information about this creative way to pray, see Bible Breaths.
This is the fifth of thirteen weeks in Kingdomtide,
autumn in the north, 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…