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17
Jun

Psalm 21-25

Daily Reading Psalm 21-25 Daily Thought Something broke at my parent’s house and I needed some tools so I went to my dad’s workbench in the garage. I easily found the hammer because it was hanging in the same spot it has hung for forty years. One hammer. I thought of my tool chest where […]

16
Jun

Psalm 17-20

Daily Reading Psalm 17-20 Daily Thought “The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims his handiwork” (Psalm 19:1). When the Pharisees asked Jesus to silence his followers, Jesus replied, “If these were silent, the very stones would cry out” (Luke 19:40). Nature cannot help itself. “Their voice goes out through all […]

15
Jun

Psalm 9-16

Daily Reading Psalm 9-16 Daily Thought It’s supposed to be a fair system, one which puts an end to arguments. One child cuts the cake, the other chooses the first piece. It should have worked. It’s not difficult to draw a line down the middle, but neither child was looking for fair. The trick was […]

14
Jun

Psalm 1-8

Daily Reading Psalm 1-8 Daily Thought In front of my parents’ house grows a towering redwood, over 50 feet high. It is beautiful and strong, a majestic tree. We planted two on our front lawn when my family moved into the house in 1973. They were 8 feet high then, and over the summer we […]

13
Jun

Job 40-42

Daily Reading Job 40-42 Daily Thought And the Lord said to Job: “Shall a faultfinder contend with the Almighty? He who argues with God, let him answer it” (Job 40:1-2). God’s question for Job: Do you know who I am? “Are you capable of forgiving and loving God even when you have found out that […]

12
Jun

Job 38-39

Daily Reading Job 38-39 Daily Thought God speaks, at last, “Who is this that darkens counsel by words without knowledge? Dress for action like a man; I will question you, and you make it known to me.” And he began to question Job, “Who shut in the sea with doors when it burst out from […]

11
Jun

Job 35-37

Daily Reading Job 35-37 Daily Thought Elihu continued to speak, and, surprisingly, made some sense. Job’s problem was not that he had sinned, but that he was too focused on himself. “Hear this, O Job; stop and consider the wondrous works of God” (Job 37:14), was Elihu’s advice, and not at all a bad reminder. […]

10
Jun

Job 32-34

Daily Reading Job 32-34 Daily Thought The sign posted at the University said, “It isn’t wrong to think you’re right, but it isn’t right to think others are wrong.” Sounds so charitable, so fair, nice even. The ballplayer slides into second, the shortstop tags him, and the umpire calls, “You’re out!” It’s just a game, […]

09
Jun

Job 29-31

Daily Reading Job 29-31 Daily Thought Job ignores his friends and lays out his final appeal before God: my life was good, really good (Job 29); now it’s really bad (Job 30); what did I do wrong? (Job 31). At least sixteen times he begins, “If I have,” meaning he hasn’t, and the sins he […]

08
Jun

Job 24-28

Daily Reading Job 24-28 Daily Thought Job challenges his friends, “Where shall wisdom be found? And where is the place of understanding?” (Job 28:12). Certainly not among you three is at least half an answer. The friends have knowledge, but knowledge is not wisdom, and often the more a fool knows, the greater a fool […]

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