At the end of Moses’ long speeches, we come to a song. We don’t have the melody, so you might take a few verses that touch you, and make a tune out of them.
Moses sings about God being like a rock. He recalls how unfaithful God’s people were in their desert wanderings. They looked to foreign gods as phony rocks that they thought could save them. How wrong they were!
To get a feel for this, imagine that you are sitting on a great rock that has not moved for hundreds of thousands of years. God is like that—never changing…always there…a place to rest. Make it a high rock so that no enemies can get to you. Enjoy this time of rest. You can always return to God as your rock. Take some time to sense how good this feels.
Here is a sample of a seven-syllable breath-prayer
from today’s reading:
I rest high on You, my rock. v. 4
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.
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…