From life as a young child through life with my own young children, the Bible has revealed new and enlightening perspectives to me. Over time, the Bible has become a sort of healthy parental presence in my life; it provides some clear direction and generates some frustration. As any good parent does, the Bible remains stable and tolerates my frustration rather than intrusively trying to fix it. Though other people have imposed their interpretations of the Bible on me, the Bible hasn’t imposed itself. The Bible’s familiar, comforting passages are there for me anytime I choose to go to them. The Bible remains steady, stable, and readily available.
—Angela D. Schaffner, Revealed: What the Bible Can Teach You About Yourself (Upper Room Books, 2018)
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I have hidden your word in my heart
that I might not sin against you.
Praise be to you, Lord;
teach me your decrees.
—Psalm 119:11-12 (NIV)
Prayer for the Week
Loving God, thank you for the gift of your Word, the Bible. Help me to draw closer to you by reading and reflecting on the truths in scripture. Amen.
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