Reading It Through

Psalm 119:105 – Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.

I don’t know if you’ve read the Bible all the way through, but I’d bet most of us have, and some even multiple times. This time I’m using an unusual method, reading a page a day as one of my Parkinson’s “loud” exercises, which works on my vocal strength and clarity. I started doing this on April first this year and expect to finish on about October first next year.

Reading the Bible is a fruitful exercise since we have changed since the last time we read it. We have new insights, see the characters differently and understand better that God intends for us. As much as I’ve read the Bible, I could not tell you if the pages of the one I have been using were numbered or not. I hadn’t thought to look up and see the number. I’m pleased to report that the Bible I’m using does have numbers, which made it easier to calculate how long it would take me to finish.

The value of reading the Bible all the way through or in short selections is well known. From such readings we derive deeper understandings of ourselves and others, we understand cultures far different from ours and we understand that God is a God of love, so much so that He gave his son as an atonement for our sins.

Thanks be to God for the Bible, for scholars who work to understand it and for those who have worked to translate it so that people all over the world can know of its message of love, of hope and of encouragement, all the things that lead us to salvation. Amen.

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