God’s Word is a Living Word
God has breathed life into all of Scripture. It is useful for teaching us what is true, correcting our mistakes, making our lives whole again, and for training us to do what is right. (2 Timothy 3:16 NIRV).
The Word of God is living and active. It is sharper than any sword that has two edges. It cuts deep enough to separate soul from spirit. It can separate joints from bones. It judges the thoughts and purposes of the heart. (Hebrews 4:12 NIRV).
Do you remember the first time you heard or read a story from the bible? Perhaps it was on one of the occasions:
- when your parent or grand parent read you a bedtime story
- when a Sunday school teacher told you about God’s love
- when you received your very own Bible to read and study
- when you read a story to your own children or grandchildren
Growing up with two older sisters, I was often the “tag along” – always wanting to do the things they were doing. One of those activities was being able to read the Bible for myself and having my own Bible. I recall we had a children’s Bible with beautiful pictures that was handed down from sister to sister. Before I could read the words, the pictures reminded me of the stories that had been read to me. I was so happy when it was my turn to “own” this Bible; but I was even happier when I received my very own Bible (not a hand-me-down)! I still have both of these Bibles – while their exteriors are worn and have needed some repair, the words inside are just as fresh as the first time I read them.
God’s Word is a living Word – ancient texts that have meaning for today. Reading God’s Word with an open heart and receptive mind may allow us to gain fresh insight from passages of scripture we have read dozens of time.
I encourage you, as we begin this new program year, to spend a few minutes each day with God’s Word. If you aren’t sure where to begin, try reading some of the Psalms or the Gospel of Mark. I’d be happy to discuss your reading plans or offer other suggestions. If you already read the Bible daily, I’d suggest you try a different translation – which may deepen or even offer a new understanding to familiar passages. If you’d like to participate in a group Bible study, one is offered on Tuesdays from 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. If there is enough interest, an evening study can also be arranged – please speak with me if you are interested.
[God’s] word is a lamp to our feet and a light for our paths. (paraphrase of Psalm 119:105)
Rev. Martha A. Dominy