Love As the Best Wine

Have you ever noticed how often we use the word “like” in a sentence?  “I was like….it was like…”  We keep searching for what are feelings are like.  Very often we don’t fully understand what we feel until we find something in nature, for example, that connects us with what we feel.

The man in our reading who loves the woman, also looks for the beautiful world around him as a way to express how much he loves her.  He comes upon the idea and image of very delicious wine.

St. John in his Gospel uses the same image, linking Jesus with, “The best wine till now!”  (John 2:10)

 Song of Songs 7—8

Tuesdays are dedicated to the Old Testament books of history
and the Hebrew “Writings.”
This year in the Easter Season we read
Proverbs 10—12 and the Song of Songs.

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God’s Love Stronger than God’s Hurt

How much God is open to forgive!   If you glance over chapters 15 and 16 of Ezekiel, you will see that God’s people have been like a very unfaithful wife.  Since God loves us with the fullness of life, God’s love is like a happy and joyous husband who loves his wife very much.  Like any husband who would have an unfaithful wife, God too is hurt and angry.

In the final three verses, our reading for the day, the love of God is stronger than God’s hurt and anger.  Once again, God opens his arms in love for God’s people.  

Just as we will read tomorrow in the reading from the Song of Songs, “Love is stronger than death.”  It is stronger than whatever sins we may have committed.   May this wonderful fact bring you much joy and peace.

Ezekiel 16:60-63

Mondays are dedicated to the reading of the Hebrew Prophets.
This year in the Easter Season we read selections from Ezekiel 1—16.

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The Holy Spirit with Us

The Gospel of St. Luke begins in the Temple and ends in the Temple.  At the beginning, it was the aged Zechariah in the center of the Temple called “The Holy of Holies.”  Here the Angel Gabriel appeared to him to tell him that his aged wife Elizabeth was going to have a child, John the Baptist. John was to be the one to prepare the way for Jesus’ ministry.

The scene at the end of the Gospel in the Temple is very different.  There is joy as the disciples wait for the coming of the Holy Spirit that was promised by Jesus.   

Whatever you may be waiting for, know that the Holy Spirit is already filling you with the fullness of what you need.  Rest, breathe, be with the Spirit. 

Luke 24:44-53


Sundays are dedicated to the Gospels from the Lectionary,
During most of Lent and Easter we read the Gospel of John.

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An Inventory of the Soul

The name of this book of the Bible is from the Greek word for “numbers,” taken from the counting or inventory that God commanded Moses to make.  It was time to organize the vast gathering of God’s people. You needn’t read word for word; just skim the passage, in order to get a sense of the whole.

Some companies take inventory of their products every three or six months.  It’s important for them, not only to know what they have, but also, to be sure that any food or medicine are not too old.

Take an inventory of all the good things about yourself, and a list of those thoughts, feelings and behaviors that you would like to change.  You would be making an “Inventory of the Soul.”

Numbers 1

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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Near Death—Near Life

Those who have had a near-death experience speak about passing through a tunnel having a great light at the end.  “Near death” really means “Near-life.” Jesus is the door to life.  Pass through the door, which is Jesus, and rest with the Good Shepherd.

Do not be satisfied with merely a near-death experience of your selfish self, but rather a whole-death one.  The side of Jesus, opened on the cross, is the doorway to life for us all.

John 10:1-21

Fridays are dedicated to the Gospels.
This year in the seasons of Lent and Easter we read selections from the Gospel of John. 

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Fanning the Flames of Fervor

Like an explosion, the church grows and grows in the Book of Acts.  Like a fire raging, the persecutions only serve to fan the flames of fervor for the early Christians. Tertullian, an early spiritual writer about our faith, has a wonderful sentence about the persecutions. “The blood of martyrs is the seed of Christians.”  

Saul was present at the stoning of Stephen.  Saul was more and more resolved to persecute Christians.  However, this is the last chapter about Saul; wait till you read what happens in next week’s reading when his name becomes Paul!

Give God all the glory for the wonderful things God wants to do through you.  May the Spirit guide you through these daily readings, as Philip guides the eunuch on his path through the Word of God.

Acts 8

Thursdays are dedicated to the letters of Paul, other letters,
the Book of Acts, and the Book of Revelation.
This year in Easter Season we read Acts 1—9

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All You Need

The writer of today’s psalm has wishes and blessings for everyone including you!  What do you need in your life that would be part of what he is praying for?

The same power that raised Jesus from the dead is available to you.  Take verse 7 for today and treasure it. “Some people trust in chariots, others in horses; but we praise the Lord’s name.” The power of Jesus’ name has been given to you.  He stands before you now as the risen Lord.  See the smile and feel the arms of Christ who embraces and protects you.  

Psalm 20

On Wednesdays we read
the Psalms in numerical order.

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.