When I began interacting with scripture though writing, a new relationship unfolded. I copied scripture word for word, questioning it, prodding the text to uncover what had not been said, speaking back to it about what I found confusing, too good to be true, too hard, too easy, and sometimes trying to rewrite it with details from contemporary life. In this way, I entered into a relationship with scripture. Faith and the Spirit—both mysterious—sustained me through early adulthood, reason opened the door to the Bible, and now imagination exercised through creative writing forged a living relationship to the Bible.
—Jane Herring, One Day I Wrote Back: Interacting with Scripture Through Creative Writing (Upper Room Books, 2015)
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We also constantly give thanks to God for this, that when you received the word of God that you heard from us, you accepted it not as a human word but as what it really is, God’s word, which is also at work in you believers.
—1 Thessalonians 2:13 (NRSV)
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