Gems from Suffering

AnimFireStarterThe book of Job (pronounced with a long “o”) is about a very good man who suffers some terrible things one after the other. You might want to find out what happened which you’ll find in chapters 1 and 2.

Most of the book is a three-part series of conversations with Job and three others who say they are his friends. But they’re not very friendly at all! Instead of comforting Job for the terrible events in his life, they keep testing Job to see what he did that would make him responsible for the bad things. But Job refuses to fall into the trap. In this week’s episode, Job examines his heart and finds that he did nothing to bring about such things.

Highlight the golden gems in Job’s words in chapter 23 that rise up from his suffering. Job has some harsh ideas about God that aren’t really right; these come toward the end of the chapter. Thanks to Jesus, we know differently! Jesus suffered in a terrible way too, so that we would not have to!

Job 23

Here is a sample of a seven-syllable breath-prayer
from today’s reading:

Your words kept in my bosom 23:12

For more about this creative way to pray, see Bible Breaths.

This is the First Week in Lent
Spring in the north.  Year C
Tuesdays we read from The Book of Job.

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…