A River in God’s Hands


Rafts roll over rocks in mild white water rafting as though one were riding gently on horseback. This is the image of the first proverb. As your read, gently let your spirit dip and rise as you flow over the waters of life in God’s Word.

How are you with the Lord? Do you resist and push the gentle holding of the Lord, or are you as waters that take their shape and movement from the contours of God’s hand? Sense in your spirit this image in the rest of the Proverbs for today. The positive halves flow with abandon; the negative sides are resistive, self-willed, and unresponsive to the call to justice intended to flow into the seas of God’s peace. Pray until you are one with the wisdom of the Proverbs.

The Reading for Today   Proverbs 21


This is the second of thirteen weeks in the season of Pentecost, Year B.
Tuesdays are dedicated to Hebrew History and “The Writings.”
We begin the season with a few chapters of Proverbs.

For the next few weeks, I’ll be posting Firestarters from the original version of The Bible Through the Seasons. 

Roll Over

Tuesdays: The Hebrew “Writings”

Proverbs 16

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Once again, the original language helps us to picture what is abstract in English. The Hebrew word for “commit” is galal. It literally means to “roll over.” The image comes from the action of a camel as the animal lets go of the burden it is bearing. It drops to its knees and rolls to one side, allowing the heavy load simply to drop to the ground.
Drop to your knees and roll over your plans, your works, your burdens, to the Lord. Then your planning and your thinking will be grounded in God.

Pause and kneel before the Lord when you read a proverb that especially touches you. Highlight your Bible and your heart with the soothing words of the Lord that are meant to fill your mind with God’s thoughts and God’s ways—letting go of yours.

The Reading for Today
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Bible Breaths
What are these?
My plans shared with You succeed v. 3
Better to be wise than rich v. 16
You bless those who trust in You v. 20
Kind words being like honey v. 24

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This is the second of thirteen weeks in Kingdomtide, Year A.
See “Solar and Sacred Seasons” in the menu above.
Tuesdays are dedicated the Hebrew “Writings.”

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Refreshing Pauses

Tuesdays: The Hebrew “Writings”

Proverbs 14

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Each proverb contrasts positives with negatives. The opening verse is a rare proverb about the feminine. As you pray through each of the thirty-five proverbs, weigh each of their sides in the hands of your heart, as though tossing a beach ball back and forth from one hand to another. Read the proverbs slowly, pausing where you find yourself released upward by the wisdom that sets you free.

Can you put your own names to the classes and categories listed in the proverbs? Do not judge, but rather discern the people, places, and things in your life that are concrete examples of the types in the proverbs.

Write out your favorites. Place them nearby where you bump into them throughout the day for refreshing pauses. What can you do to be creative with these wise sayings that have come down to us from almost three millennia?

The Reading for Today
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Bible Breaths
What are these?
Walking upright before You v. 2
With wisdom, knowing my path v. 8
Planning good finds loyalty. v. 22
Tranquil mind: life to the flesh v. 30

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This is the Second Week in Pentecost, Year A.(The first week occurred at the end of the season of Epiphany.)
See “Solar and Sacred Seasons” in the menu above.
Tuesdays are dedicated the Hebrew “Writings.”

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so that they are available in New Zealand and other regions
near the International Date Line.

Extenders to Proverbs

Tuesday – The Hebrew “Writings”

Proverbs 12

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The same Spirit of the living God that gave wisdom to the writer of Proverbs is ready and available now to pour wisdom into your heart. Just as these proverbs come to us in writing, so can the Spirit use your own hand in writing what could be called “extenders” to the proverbs. These are your own personal expressions of truths as they especially touch your own life. Perhaps people and circumstances will come to your awareness; lift them in prayer as the Spirit prompts. Images, further wisdom sayings of your own, and the Spirit’s creation will flow forth.

Once again, make use of the pauses that the Spirit urges you to make. Lift your eyes in silent pondering until the words of wisdom take flesh in your own life.

The Reading for Today
Text     Audio

Bible Breaths
What are these?
Wise to ignore an insult. v. 16
Tongue of the wise brings healing. v. 18
Truthful lips always endure. v. 19
Joy for those who counsel peace v. 20

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This is the Third Week in Easter, Year A.
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Tuesdays are dedicated the Hebrew “Writings.”

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so that they are available in New Zealand and other regions
near the International Date Line.

Seasoned with Wisdom

Tuesday – The Hebrew “Writings”

Proverbs 10

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The first three Tuesdays in Easter find us penetrating truth through the Book of Proverbs. The Holy Spirit as always is our teacher. Each one of the four seasons over the three-year cycle has a few chapters from this book to “season” our lives with the wisdom of the Spirit.

“On the one hand…on the other hand…” this expression uses the physical weighing of two open palms to consider contrasting points. This book of peace expresses proverbs in a similar manner. Receive each side of these wise sayings, as though you weigh each half of the truths in your hands, until the wisdom that feeds the proverbs centers you. Pause at special proverbs such the one in verse 10. The one that winks and looks the other way at evil is the one who causes trouble!

The Reading for Today
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Bible Breaths
What are these?
Wise of heart, heeding Your words v. 8
One who winks, causing trouble v. 10
Love covers all offenses v. 12
The prudent: restrained in speech v. 19

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This Easter Week, Year A.
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Tuesdays are dedicated the Hebrew “Writings.”

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Counterpoint

Tuesday – The Hebrew “Writings”

Proverbs 13

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Visit Wikipedia and listen to an example of counterpoint from a Bach fugue
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Counterpoint

Each day of your life in God flows into the next, in counterpoint—the name given in music to independent melodies moving together in harmony.

Today’s litany of proverbs develops inward, personal reflections in counterpoint to yesterday’s sobering passage from Isaiah. The Sunday-to-Friday readings in the one hundred and fifty-six weeks in the three-year cycle are stitched together into themes set against each other in counterpoint. Though the Sabbath Torah readings thread their way through the year according to lunar and not solar cycles, still basic areas of the Torah are wedded to the rest of the week, making a rich variety of God’s Word against which your life itself is in counterpoint.

Each proverb is set in twofold counterpoint movements. Feel this music of the Spirit, either challenging you to change, or soothing your soul, according to your need.

The Reading for Today
Text     Audio

Bible Breaths
What are these?
Wisdom loving discipline v. 1
Guarding my mouth with silence v. 3
Cherishing Your words, O Lord v. 13
Bringing others Your Good News v. 17

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This is the Ninth Week in Epiphany, Year A.
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Tuesdays are dedicated the Hebrew “Writings.”

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The Aroma of God

Tuesday – The Hebrew “Writings”

Proverbs 3

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Whole sections of aisles in supermarkets are devoted to products designed to have your house smell fragrant. A sophisticated name, “aroma therapy,” is given to further the marketing of these sprays, oils, and candles. A device will periodically spray fragrance into your room every few minutes.

The sense of smell leads us into spiritual feelings associated with our world. God’s Word can do the same, especially chapters such as the one for today. An aroma of wisdom and spiritual understanding will fill your day if you let God’s presence through the Word pervade it. Periodically let each verse “spray” its sweet fragrance into the agenda of your day. The aroma of God’s presence will not only transform all that you do, but your life itself will smell sweet to others and lead them to God.

The Reading for Today
Text     Audio

Bible Breaths
What are these?
Loyalty upon my heart v. 3
Trusting You with all my heart v. 5
My first fruits belong to You v. 9
Wisdom more precious than jew’ls. v. 13

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This is the Eighth Week in Epiphany, Year A.
See “Solar and Sacred Seasons” in the menu above.
Tuesdays are dedicated the Hebrew “Writings.”

Scripture Recordings in over 700 languages!
Faith Comes By Hearing

Audio Bible App from www.bible.is

The Firestarters and readings are posted in the timezone UTC+12,
so that they are available in New Zealand and other regions
near the International Date Line.