Some time after I began practicing scriptio divina, one of my professors, a practicing member of a Jewish Orthodox synagogue, said something that confirmed the importance of this kind of creative engagement with scripture. As an aside to a lecture one day, she said that the Jewish community did not value consensus about biblical matters the way many Christians do. She gave a brief description of midrash — the ancient art of inquiry used to discover meaning in the Hebrew Bible—and went on to say that argument and conversation are key elements in Jewish religious life. Suddenly Jesus at the Temple arguing his point of view took on a whole new meaning.
—Jane Herring, One Day I Wrote Back: Interacting with Scripture Through Creative Writing (Upper Room Books, 2015)
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Every word of God is flawless; he is a shield to those who take refuge in him.
—Proverbs 30:5 (NIV)
Prayer for the Week
Gracious God, your word says that you will always guide me. You are with me during every moment of every day. You will satisfy my needs when I feel frustrated, and you will strengthen me when life makes me weary. Help me to follow your ways as you lead me into a life of fruitfulness and joy. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.
—Adapted from “30 Powerful Prayers to God for Guidance and Direction,” at ConnectUsFund.org
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