Friends, we have made it. This is the FINAL day in our journey of going through the Bible cover to cover. I can't believe it and I can't express how proud I am of all of you for sticking this out to the end. I hope you have been as blessed by this journey as I have been. It's been so lovely to connect with you, to consider your thoughtful questions and to watch your confidence grow. As we read these final words today may you be filled with God's presence and promise of a beautiful New Jerusalem where God will be among us and we will be his people, forever. Thanks be to God.
Scripture to Read
Questions to Consider
What do you imagine the New Jerusalem looks like?
What have you learned from this journey? What questions do you still have?
If you were to summarize God in a single sentence based on your reading this past year, how would you do so?
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Praying the Hymns
I'm throwing a curveball in our hymns here but I thought it would be nice to end on a hymn we all know (and many love) - Amazing Grace. I think the song is fitting for today as we have read about the story of God whose love never gives up despite our many failings. Whose grace will be there for 10,000 years bright shining as the sun. As we give thanks for this journey one final time in music, may you join the chorus of saints who sing this song in heaven with you now.
1. Amazing grace! How sweet the sound
that saved a wretch like me!
I once was lost, but now am found;
was blind, but now I see.
2. 'Twas grace that taught my heart to fear,
and grace my fears relieved;
how precious did that grace appear
the hour I first believed.
3. Through many dangers, toils, and snares,
I have already come;
'tis grace hath brought me safe thus far,
and grace will lead me home.
4. The Lord has promised good to me,
his word my hope secures;
he will my shield and portion be,
as long as life endures.
5. Yea, when this flesh and heart shall fail,
and mortal life shall cease,
I shall possess, within the veil,
a life of joy and peace.
6. When we've been there ten thousand years, bright shining as the sun, we've no less days to sing God's praise than when we'd first begun.
What comes next?
We will redesign the blog into individual folders for each book of the Bible so that those who start for the first time (or over again!) can easily do so without scrolling for 5 minutes. Further, you might want to go back and study a book again that was either meaningful or confusing and I hope you so feel moved to do so.
My next encouragement for you is to take a break and journal about this experience - what you learned, how it helped, why you stuck with it, etc. I believe those words will be very meaningful in the future should your faith ever feel waned.
I'm always around to discuss the Bible if you have any questions or are looking for another study or read. Thank you again for being the light of life during the darkness of this pandemic as we read together this year. It's been a highlight of my career.