Day ninety of our cover to cover voyage through the Bible. We have read the Bible. If you want to see the readings for our trip through the Bible for old time's sake you can follow this link:
Day 90 Readings: none (grace day)
So we have completed our journey through the Bible--stem to stern, soda to hock, A to Z, Alpha to Omega, soup to nuts, Dan to Beersheba, etc., etc. We have consumed an enormous amount of history, instruction, law, grace, prophecy, exhortation, etc., etc. We are not the same as when we began.
As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts. As the rain and snow come down from heaven, and do not return to it without watering the earth and making it bud and flourish, so that it years seed for the sower and bread for the eater, so is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty but will accomplish the purpose for which I sent it.
For the word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. Nothing in all creation is hidden from God's sight. Everything that is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of him to whom we must give account.
My hope and prayer is that your life, your faith and your times of devotion will be richer for having invested yourself and your time in this discipline of the Christian faith. Thank you for your efforts and your faithfulness. You may be asking yourself what you might do next. One possibility is to hone in on a part of scripture that caught your attention as you zipped by. Another possibility is that you would join a small group and continue to maintain a discipline of immersing yourself in scripture. You might even go back to stem, soda, A, Alpha, soup and/or Dan and start again. You need not rush through this time. However you invest yourself into scripture you will be availing yourself of God's work and God's purposes. Wise investment.
If you have found this exercise to be good and helpful I would ask of you two requests:
+ Find others who might be open to this discipline and encourage them to do it or, better yet, do it with them.
+ I would love a note or some form of feedback about how this discipline affected or blessed you. It would be nice to have some testimonials to share with others considering this endeavor. You are welcome to send them to email@example.com.
Have a blessed day. e-vos will return to their more regular midweek emphasis focusing on the upcoming Revised Common Lectionary (RCL) texts beginning next week.
God, thank you for this time in your word. Accomplish your purpose in us. Bring your living and active word to bear in our lives. Amen.