Hello friends! If you are reading this post that means that you survived the slog that was yesterday's reading or you took my advice and only skimmed it. Today's reading is a little less boring and I think you will find it familiar as well. If you watched the Bible Project overview video from yesterday you will remember that Chronicles is a heavily redacted version of the OT taking out all the icky difficult parts of David's life and only leaving in the parts that make him look great. If you're like me, you might recall some of those parts as you read the text today. How do you feel about these redactions?
Scripture to Read
Questions to Consider
How much of this is familiar?
Why do you think so much time is focused on David's military power?
What is your favorite part of this?
I don't really have any thoughts on this as it's mostly a review/retread of previous content. Once anything "new" comes up or something relevant to our church/culture emerges I'll share stuff again.
Praying the Hymns
Our prayer for today is inspired by hymn 221 in our United Methodist Hymnal - In the Bleak Midwinter.
1. In the bleak midwinter, frosty wind made moan, earth stood hard as iron, water like a stone; snow had fallen, snow on snow, snow on snow, in the bleak midwinter, long ago.
2. Our God, heaven cannot hold him, nor earth sustain; heaven and earth shall flee away when he comes to reign. In the bleak midwinter a stable place sufficed the Lord God Almighty, Jesus Christ.
3. Angels and archangels may have gathered there, cherubim and seraphim thronged the air; but his mother only, in her maiden bliss, worshiped the beloved with a kiss.
4. What can I give him, poor as I am? If I were a shepherd, I would bring a lamb; if I were a Wise Man, I would do my part; yet what I can I give him: give my heart.