Monthly Archives: August 2011

Day 74: Seeing Beyond Circumstances

      Today’s reading: Nahum 1-3, Habakkuk 1-3,                                                                                             Zephaniah 1-3, Haggai 1-2, Ps 112-113 Habakkuk sees it coming. Israel has already fallen and destruction is closing in on Judah. Why would God let a godless nation run roughshod over God’s chosen people, even if they … Continue reading

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Day 73: A Reluctant Prophet

      Today’s reading: Obadiah 1, Jonah 1-3,                                                                                                                       Micah 1-7, Ps 110-111 Poor Jonah. He really just wanted to be let off the hook. He was perfectly content with his life in Joppa and had no interest in being the messenger for God, … Continue reading

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Day 72: Connecting the Dots

      Today’s reading: Joel 1-3, Amos 1-9, Ps 109 In the book of Amos, our second reading for today, we get a sense of God’s passion for justice and fairness. It is a theme that we will hear repeated over the next few days as … Continue reading

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Day 71: Unconditional Love

      Today’s reading: Hosea 1-14, Ps 108 Today’s reading takes us back to the early eighth-century BCE. You may recall that it was at this time Isaiah began serving as a prophet to the southern kingdom, Judah, during the reign of Uzziah. Our prophet for the day, Hosea, was Isaiah’s contemporary and … Continue reading

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Day 70: Unwavering

      Today’s reading: Daniel 1-12, Ps 107 Our reading for today introduces us to a larger than life figure in Israel’s history. Daniel’s story reads in so many ways like that of Joseph, who centuries earlier had played a leading role in his people’s future. Like Joseph, Daniel finds that his gift … Continue reading

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Day 69: The Final Vision

      Today’s reading: Ezekiel 38-48, Ps 106 As the book of Ezekiel comes to a close today, we are the beneficiaries of one more fantastic vision. This is one that the Israelite people could sink their teeth into. If wheels and soup pots and dry bones … Continue reading

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Day 68: Thriller

      Today’s reading: Ezekiel 29-37, Ps 105 In today’s final chapter, we get another one of Ezekiel’s fantastic visions, the Valley of the Dry Bones. Probably the most well-known of all, it’s a scene that perhaps conjures up images of Michael Jackson’s epic hit from the … Continue reading

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Day 67: Pictures of God

      Today’s reading: Ezekiel 21-28, Ps 103-104 “Yell out and wail, son of man. The sword is against my people! The princes of Israel and my people–abandoned to the sword!” (Ezekiel 21:12, The Message) “God is sheer mercy and grace; not easily angered, … Continue reading

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Day 66: Time for a History Lesson

      Today’s reading: Ezekiel 12-20, Ps 101-102 Ezekiel continues to use his vivid imagination today in his attempt to get the exiles’ attention. Surely they’ll listen to his visions of prostitutes and lions and fires. So far, however, it appears that Project Allegory is not meeting with great success.  … Continue reading

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Day 65: A Unique Approach

      Today’s reading: Ezekiel 1-11, Psalm 100 What a keen imagination! JK Rowling, say hello to your predecessor when it comes to satisfyingly detailed descriptions, creating vivid images that compel the reader to keep going. Ezekiel, a 6th century BCE prophet, has long been touted for the spectacular visions contained in … Continue reading

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