Every Breath a Prayer

If a person lives to be eighty years old, he or she will take about 672,768,000 breaths!  In and out, whether we are awake or asleep, our chests rise and fall with air entering and going out, bringing life to our blood which then carries this life in a wondrous flow throughout out bodies.

Psalm 150 is a brief list of ways that we can praise the Lord, finishing off with the final verse, the last one in the whole book of Psalms: “Let everything that has breath praise the Lord.”   It makes me think of something similar: “Let every breath praise the Lord.”   When you get up in the morning, and come to be aware that you are still alive and breathing, offer every breath you will take in the course of the day to be a silent, ongoing prayer of praise to God.

Psalm 150

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.

The Most Important Thing

For those in the northern hemisphere, it’s autumn.  Night comes in the late afternoon.   Find some quiet time in the evening…light a candle….have a cup of hot cider or hot chocolate and slowly read the passages for today with your family.

The Book of Ecclesiastes doesn’t have much emotion in it; rather it offers wise sayings and thoughts about wisdom to be pondered slowly.  Throughout the book, this phrase often appears: “Everything is pointless.”  While this isn’t a very optimistic outlook on life, the writer does invite to do only what is important and not do what is only a waste of time.   

The most important thing in life is to love….everything else is pointless!

Ecclesiastes 9:13-18; 11:1-10

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.

The Circle and the Cycle

Ever think of this?  Where does a circle begin and end?  There is no beginning or end.  That’s the way it is with God’s love.  We don’t now when God’s love began and we know it will never end. 

Today’s passage is the last one in the Old Testament for the circle or cycle of this year of God’s love in our Bible reading plan.   Malachi mentions a messenger that is coming.   We think of John the Baptist, a key figure in the Advent season that begins next week.  He will be the one to prepare the people for the coming of Jesus.  The story of God’s love begins all over again as we prepare to celebrate the birth of Jesus.

Here’s a verse to pray very slowly: “The sun of righteousness will rise on those revering my name;healing will be in its wings so that you will go forth and jump about like calves in the stall.”

The “Sun of righteousness” is the “Son of God”!

 Malachi 3:1-4; 4:1-3

Mondays are dedicated to the reading of the Hebrew Prophets.

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.