Abraham called that place “The Lord will provide”; as it is said to this day,
“On the mount of the Lord it shall be provided.”
The Lord-Will-Provide—what a lovely name for a place! This is the name that Abraham gave to the place where the ram was offered instead of sacrificing his son, Isaac.
There’s a very simple way of praying that takes a seven syllable phrase and connects it with our breathing—three syllables in the inhale, three on the exhale, and one for rest…like the Sabbath! Here’s a way you can take Abraham’s name for this place and make it into such a prayer. “The Lord will provide for me.” As this prayer becomes one with your breath, with each breath you take, the meaning and comfort of the prayer will sink into you. You might also take a post-it note and write the prayer-phrase on it and put it in a place where you will see it. If you do something like this every day, then the daily reading will become personal to you. You’ll be breathing the essence of each day’s Bible reading.
Here is a sample of a seven-syllable breath-prayer
from today’s reading:
The Lord will provide for me. v. 14
For more information about this creative way to pray,
see Bible Breaths.
Saturdays are dedicated to the Sabbath Torah portions
read in synagogues throughout the world.
This plan follows those traditions that take a third of the portion
over a three year cycle, this year, the second part.
For more about the Torah portions and thoughtful commentaries, visit
The Jewish Theological Seminary.
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…