Tomorrow, the reading begins. I’m looking forward to meeting you here at the perfect 100 as we read cover to cover through the pages of the book that is at the center of the Christian faith. You may be asking yourself, “What should I expect from this adventure?”
Peter Gomes, longtime campus minister at Harvard who died earlier this year, was the author of The Good Book: Reading the Bible with Mind and Heart. In an interview around the time of the book’s release, David Gergen asked Gomes to discuss the importance of reading the Bible. Here’s an excerpt from what he had to say about just one meaningful outcome of our reading:
“Well, I’m absolutely convinced that the power of the Bible is. . .that it is a record of people very much like ourselves who have been engaged in. . .a pilgrimage and many of them have achieved the result of that pilgrimage. Many of them have had deep encounters of the ultimate kind with God. And the Bible is a record of that experience. So when we read it, we are reading the experiences of companions along this pilgrimage. It’s sort of a gift from
experienced pilgrims to inexperienced ones. And the Bible lets us know that we
are neither alone in our despair or our anxiety, nor are we alone in our search,
and we certainly are not alone in the joys and the hopes that await us and that
are ours already in the process.”
I’ll see you tomorrow, when we begin. . .in the beginning.