Breath and Water Poured Out

Like gushes of water poured out, blessings flow upon God’s people. Look at all that God does to have us feel safe and to blend God’s life with our own!

Two of the Bible Breaths suggested for today have the idea of “pouring.”  Water poured on thirsty land v. 3 and Spirit poured on my offspring v. 3.  Spend a few moments breathing these prayers till they soak your soul as water poured upon thirsty ground.

Jesus, you and I have something in common. At the moment of our births, we breathed in and breathed out for the first time….probably with a cry!   The breath and Spirit of God came into Jesus, and comes into you and me as well. Every breath in our lives comes from the Spirit of God who faithfully pours the breath of life into us through all the years of our lives, preparing us to breathe life and love to our children and all those who come after us.

Isaiah 44:1-8; 21-28

Water poured on thirsty land v. 3
Spirit poured on my offspring v. 3
I belong to the Lord God v. 5
“I am the first and the last.” v. 6

Examples of Bible Breaths Learn More…

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in Matthew Henry’s Commentary.

Mondays are dedicated to the reading of the Hebrew Prophets.

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A Lovely Night Prayer

Simeon and Anna by Arent de Gelder – c 1700 –  He was a student of Rembrandt

29 “Master, now you are dismissing your servant in peace,
    according to your word;
30 for my eyes have seen your salvation,
31     which you have prepared in the presence of all peoples,
32 a light for revelation to the Gentiles
    and for glory to your people Israel.”
Luke 2:29-32

Like the mixing of two currents of water in the ocean, so blend aspects of stories of Jesus’ birth.  Zechariah and Elizabeth represent the ancient longing for the Messiah.  They stand next to young Mary and Joseph filled with happiness of the promise fulfilled in Jesus. In today’s reading, the aged Simeon and Anna meet Mary and Joseph who present Jesus in the Temple.  The Holy Spirit tells them that the quiet, gentle couple with their baby arriving that day is the answer to their deepest prayer.  The Old and the New meet.  Like a plant, the patience of Simeon and Anna brings forth the flower of great joy.  The Song of Simeon, the fourth of the songs in St. Luke’s early stories of Jesus, sweetly lifts Simeon and all of us to the comfort of resting in God’s presence.  

I suggest you pray this song by your bedside before going off to sleep. Jesus rests in your heart as in a temple.   

 Luke 2:22-40

Check out Study Tools in BibleGateway.
I especially recommend the free resource
in Matthew Henry’s Commentary.‘s Commentary.

The Sunday Gospels follow the Revised Common Lectionary.

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Gifts in the Night

Jacob receives a comforting, wonderful vision from God during the night.  This is the seventh time that God has spoken of the covenant–that very special relation that God offers us coming down from our  Hebrew ancestors. Two times the promise was given to Abraham, twice to Isaac, and this is now the third time to Jacob.  Jacob is reassured about the promises of the Lord;  he’s going to see his son Joseph before he dies Jacob dies!

       Nighttime is special.  If you wake up during the night, think of God who wants to share quiet thoughts with you. Maybe a dream lingers in your memory that you can gently think about.  God might have something to say to you in the images of the dream.

All that God said to the patriarchs and prophets find their best and most perfect expression in Jesus.  His Spirit lives inside of you.  Listen to God telling you of God’s love and that God has special plans for you.  Maybe a few ideas about this might be given as gifts to you in the night. 

Genesis  45:28—46:27

Examples of Bible Breaths Learn More…

Here I am, Lord: it is I. 46:2
Open to visions from God 46:2
No fear to go to Egypt 46:3
Lord, I lift my family.

Check out Study Tools in BibleGateway.
I especially recommend the free resource
in Matthew Henry’s Commentary.

The Saturday passages follow the reading list that Jewish people use in their synagogue worship throughout the world. They are taken from
“The Torah,” the first five books of the Bible from Genesis to Deuteronomy that are read each year beginning with autumn.

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