My other thought Sunday was about daily bread. Maybe I haven’t mentioned this here yet, but I’m kind of into it. Eating and drinking, yes, cooking and preparing, yes, but also the concept and importance of it as a gift from God. And, it’s daily! That’s significant, yet too often overlooked or underappreciated. Anyway, you know how the Israelites could have no leftovers from the Passover? It’s a demonstration of a day’s bread, built on the promise that God must Himself provide for the future meals!!
Category Archives: Theological reflection
I had two unexpected thoughts today, once in Bible Study discussing the Passover and the other during the sermon. You know how Thomas says, “Unless I see in His hands the print of the nails, and put my finger into the print of the nails, and put my hand into His side, I will not believe”? (Admittedly, I’m more pro-Thomas than many.) It occurred to me that here is a profound reliance upon the Incarnation. While Thomas should have believed from Jesus’ own words, surely we can understand him doubting the manic-and-rather-paranoid disciples.
Until as a Theological Statement. Have you thought about it? I was reading a book to my seven-year old daughter, and at the end she said she didn’t like it. Didn’t approve. Why? Because why in the world would the author say Jesus is with you until morning light? I’ll admit I smiled pretty brightly at that level of recognition!
I’ve had a nugget of a thought. Maybe you guys can help me untie the knot a little. It has to do with respect and neighbor.
I had a great idea for today’s blog post during church and then utterly forgot it! Arg. It was about parallels between Adam and Jesus, and the ironic twist on how salvation is won through such similar means! The serpent speaks and the woman is deceived, but Christ speaks and that Word brings faith and salvation! There is the tree that tempted, and the tree stained with the blood of Christ. There is the death of Adam, and the death of Christ. It even occurred to me that there is the forbidden fruit in Eden and then the free offer, “Take. Eat. This is my body.” Adam and Jesus provide so much food for meditation! Oh! Oh! Evil by eating and then death gets swallowed!
“The words of the Lord are pure words,
like silver refined in a furnace on the ground,
purified seven times” (Psalm 12:6).
I wish I could keep a Bible scholar on retainer. Sure, I ask my husband. And that counts as asking my pastor, too, but I was thinking about Psalm 46:1 and thinking about how God is “a very present help in trouble” in multiple ways.
A very merry Christmas to you and yours! My first few days have been lovely and full of God’s gifts, and I wish the very same for you! For my post today, I thought I’d highlight a thought that began with my good friend, Myrtle. We were thinking about how the Gospel is not only a gift that keeps giving, but also a gift that is continually given. 🙂
I aspire to raise book-loving children, and Advent is a lovely time to ponder good books for gifts and shared experiences. (Come, Lord Jesus, and, as we wait, let’s have some quality reading. :)) Still, there are a few less pleasant things about children obsessed with reading. Below is a little article about that.