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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Your word is a lamp to guide my feet and a light for my path.
—Psalm 119:105 (NLT)
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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(Courtesy of Vanderbilt Divinity Library)
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