For my days pass away like smoke,
and my bones burn like a furnace.
My heart is stricken and withered like grass;
I am too wasted to eat my bread.
If you’ve haven’t learned about similes and metaphors in grammar, you will soon. These are objects, animals, feelings and everyday situations that are linked to aspects of life. Today’s psalm is filled with similes. Here’s a tip: similes have “like” or “as” is them; metaphors don’t use “like” or “as.”
When you read the first eleven verses of the psalm, count how many similes or metaphors are used–there are very many! Some of these will touch you more than others as you connect your life with the life of the sacred writer. These comparisons will help you feel the rest of the psalm and the heartfelt prayer that comes from the psalmist. Join your prayer to his prayer and to the prayers of all those who are reading this same psalm with you today.
Here is a sample of a seven-syllable breath-prayer
from today’s reading:
Days passing away like smoke v. 3
For more information about this creative way to pray, see Bible Breaths.
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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…