New Year’s Resolutions

I will sing of loyalty and of justice;
    to you, O Lord, I will sing.

Psalm 101:1

Count how many time the word “I will” or “I will not” begins sentences in this psalm. There are very many! The sacred writer of this prayer is so filled with a desire to be faithful to God that he makes a long lists of “does” and “don’t” for himself.

It’s still early in the New Year, so we can still make “New Year’s Resolutions.” As you read the verses of this psalm, what kinds of things in your own life come to your mind that you can make better? When you feel these desires for goodness, this is the Holy Spirit nudging you to find the peace that comes when we do what God wants.

Psalm 101

Here is a sample of a seven-syllable breath-prayer
from today’s reading:
Studying the blameless way v. 2
For more information about this creative way to pray, see Bible Breaths.

This is the Second Week in Epiphany
Winter in the north.  Year C
Wednesdays are dedicated to the Psalms

Seasons of Grace – A Calendar for 2019

Solar and Sacred Seasons
Some adjustments to make the church year simpler.

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…