Bible Scripture, Spiritual Reading, Lectio Divina,

And The Word Became Fresh – Finding Us In God’s Story

Think how different are the experiences of reading a Shakespeare script and watching the play. The actors embody and live the words in a way that cannot happen when we just read the script. Words on a page cannot compare to actors on a stage. During the play the script comes to life and the words become flesh. That’s what I want to experience with the scriptures, don’t you?  Continue reading And The Word Became Fresh – Finding Us In God’s Story

Forward Day by Day, Living Bread, Bread of Life, John 6:52

Who Has Nourished Your Life?

6:52. “The Jews disputed among themselves, saying, ‘How can this man give us his flesh to eat?’” The short answer to the dispute we read about in our lesson from John is love. The longer answer fills thousands of books. The longer answer rationalizes and divides churches and separates Christians from each other. The longer answer recognizes there is bread aplenty but still leaves us … Continue reading Who Has Nourished Your Life?

Forward Day by Day, John 6:49 51, Manna in the Wilderness, Living Bread, Bread of Life

Meeting Our Daily Nutritional Requirements

John 6:49, 51a. “Your ancestors ate the manna in the wilderness, and they died…. I am the living bread that came down from heaven. Whoever eats of this bread will live forever.” Manna and living bread are both necessary, because they feed two different aspects of our lives, together offering a full range of necessary spiritually nutritional requirements. To live on manna only is to … Continue reading Meeting Our Daily Nutritional Requirements

Forward Day by Day, John 28, Hunger, Feeding the 5000, Satisfaction

Satisfying Our Hunger

John 6:26. “Jesus answered them, ‘Very truly, I tell you, you are looking for me, not because you saw signs, but because you ate your fill of the loaves.’” The crowds that follow Jesus all throughout John’s stories are back again today, hungry (again) and looking for the next loaf. They want Jesus’ bread but not his life. I recognize this in them, because I … Continue reading Satisfying Our Hunger

Forward Day by Day, John 6:5, Feeding the 5000, Hunger

It’s Not About the Math

John 6:5. “When he looked up and saw a large crowd coming toward him, Jesus said to Philip, ‘Where are we to buy bread for these people to eat?’” Do the math: one loaf for every thousand people and half a fish for every one thousand two hundred fifty people. “Six month’s wages would not buy enough bread for each of them to get a … Continue reading It’s Not About the Math

Forward Day by Day, Death, Light, Psalm 23:4, Good Shepherd, Valley of the Shadow of Death

Walking Through the Valley of the Shadow of Death

Psalm 23:4. “Though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I shall fear no evil; for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.” Someone whose husband recently died said to me, “I never realized the twenty-third psalm was about me. I thought it was about my husband, but it’s not. I’m the one walking through the valley … Continue reading Walking Through the Valley of the Shadow of Death

Forward Day by Day, Luke 1:34, Annunciation to Mary, Angel Gabriel, Veil,

Parting the Veil of Impossibility

Luke 1:43. “Mary said to the angel, ‘How can this be, since I am a virgin?’” In the innermost courts of the temple in Jerusalem, a veil separated humanity from the Holy of Holies, where the Spirit of God rested upon the Ark of the Covenant. An ancient, non-biblical story says that the Virgin Mary was one of the young women chosen to weave a … Continue reading Parting the Veil of Impossibility