Just Do It!

Here’s a psalm of only two verses.  You could memorize it very easily.   It’s the shortest reading in the Bible in this three-year plan.  If you have the verses memorized, you can pray the psalm very often in the course of the day, especially at those moments when your activities change.  Stop for a moment…Praise and thank God.

 Notice the imperative mood in the words, “Praise.” It’s a command!  There are times when we don’t feel like praising the Lord―but it’s right that we do it anyway.  God’s goodness and love always need to be acknowledged, whether we’re into it or not.  Like the Nike commercial, “Just do it!”  When you begin to respond, you’llfind yourself getting into it more and more, and you will discover joy.

Psalm 117

Wednesdays are devoted to the reading of the Psalms,
one a week across the three-year cycle.

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 of these introductions with you on your phone or table! Check the menu options at the site for more information.

Dancing for God

Very often persons are mocked or bullied because they are different.  Sometimes at school a child who just doesn’t seem to fit in, can be teased and sometimes treated very cruelly.     

If this has happened to you, you’ll find comfort in knowing that it happened to King David.  He got so excited about the Ark of the Covenant returning to Jerusalem, that he danced before it as the parade moved along.  Michal didn’t like it.  I suppose she wasn’t as interested in this sign of God coming into town as David was. She was more into feeling resentment for David than joy in the party that everyone else was having.

It’s not only David that we can think about as being like us…maybe there’s a bit of Michal in us too.  That’s why it is good to read the Bible in a slow way; we have a change to see where the characters in the stories connect with us, so that God can speak to us through them.

1 Chronicles 15:25―16:36

Tuesdays are dedicated to the the History and Writings
of the Hebrew Scriptures.

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 of these introductions with you on your phone or table! Check the menu options at the site for more information.

A Sad Anniversary

Anniversaries can be happy or sad events.  If you recall the death of a beloved relative, part of that day will bring a quiet silence and likely some sadness.

For Jewish people, the 9th day of their lunar month of Ab, is a day of great sorrow; this year it is August 10.  It’s the day way back in 586 BC that the first of two temples was destroyed by the Babylonians. Not only that, but the rebuilt temple was destroyed by the Romans in 70 AD.  On this day, Jews who observe this remembrance don’t eat anything at all. They read the whole Book of Lamentations.  The idea is that in reading that book, no only Jews, but everyone can feel with those ancestors who suffered so very much in the destruction of the first Temple. Even though the suffering was so great, still the people prayed to the Lord.  Notice this especially in the last four verses. No matter what they suffered, still they were aware that God was listening to them and would bring them out of the anguish that they were in.

What a good thing to remember!  No matter what is happening in your life that might be sad or frightening, God is present to you and is ready not just to listen, but to respond.

Mondays are dedicated to the reading of the Hebrew Prophets.

Lamentations 5:15-22

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 of these introductions with you on your phone or table! Check the menu options at the site for more information.