A New Birth Certificate

The Lord records, as he registers the peoples,
              “This one was born there.”

Psalm 87:6

There’s a special piece of paper in the city or town where you were born that tells about your birth—who your parents are, when and where you were born. It’s called a Birth Certificate. Have you seen yours? There’s a special feeling about that city and the day you first entered this world.

The writer of this psalm is thinking like this when he considers Jerusalem. This is the city where spiritually speaking, God’s people were “born.”

The writer of the letter to the Hebrews kicks this idea up a notch…up to heaven. Because of our rebirth in Jesus, we are citizens of the Heavenly Jerusalem. When you give your life to Jesus, you have a new birth certificate in the holy city in the heavens where you will live forever.

Psalm 87

Here is a sample of a seven-syllable breath-prayer
from today’s reading:
My name inscribed in heaven v. 6
For more information about this creative way to pray, see Bible Breaths.

This is the sixth 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…