Contamination of the Soul

Anti-bacterial soap…products that disinfect…even a special light that can tell if there’s bacteria lurking in your bathroom: we’ve become so conscious of germs! In today’s passage, we learn that the truth about being contaminated comes from God and not just our own figuring things out. We are far away from the animals that we eat when they are slaughtered. And I’ll bet your mom puts parts of a chicken just bought at the supermarket, into a special container.

Contamination—a big word with lots of applications. If touching something unclean can put us at risk of becoming sick, how much more can our spirits be “contaminated” by what is spiritually unclean around us. I’ll let you think about what this might mean for you…but the question is simple: what do you allow into your soul that tends to poison you spiritually and make you less likely to be open to the purity of God’s presence?

Leviticus 11:41-47

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

Holiness: being like You v. 45

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.

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…