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Friday, December 17, 2010

Keeping Scripture Sacred in Practice

" With Bibles everywhere, we can lose the sense that Scripture readings are precious words dripped from God's mouth. Jewish rabbis used to put a drop of honey on the holy books held by young Jewish students to remind them of how sweet the word of God is, like honey on our lips. Muslim friends wash their hands before they touch the Koran. There is something to be said for remembering how precious the Story is. As you read the gospel aloud this year (in morning prayer, before a meal), consider standing on your feet and recognizing that this is not just someone reading a newspaper headline or a poem; this is God's word, speaking directly to us. Another practice might be to sing an Alleluia chorus before and after you read aloud a passage of the gospel. (Alleluia is the Latin version of the Greek word allelouia, an expression of praise and joy that, in turn, comes from the Hebrew Hallelujah for "praise the Lord".) Maybe even consider putting a drop of honey on your children's Bible as you read to them."
                Common Prayer: A Liturgy For Ordinary Radicals, p. 68

How does your time reading scripture differ from your time reading other literature? I used to go about it very much the same, sitting in the same chair as I read my fiction novels and magazines, opening it up in the very same way and just plodding through, reading every word with interest, but not really recognizing it, in practice, as anything different than anything else I read.

I have personally made it a practice to light  incense and or/a candle before reading Scripture. And many times (this is more frequent when my children are not home) I will start off in preparing my heart by practicing 15-20 minutes of meditation. It helps clear my thoughts and open my heart to God.  Sometimes, especially if I don't have the time or the privacy for silent meditation I will say the Jesus prayer, " Lord Jesus, Son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner.", repeatedly. When I let my mind and heart dwell on these precious words, pregnant with truth, it really helps me open up to the Scriptures with a renewed sense of expectancy and eagerness. Sometimes I'll say the Lord's Prayer or sing a hymn (that's definitely something I do when nobody is around...nobody needs to hear me sing!).

I definitely have found that prayer, meditation, a hymn sung, are all great ways in helping one clear the mind from distractions and start to focus on the truths of God, opening oneself to experiencing God's presence in more and more ways, and opening the gate that leads the heart to more insights and truths in God through the whispers of the Spirit to the soul, an occurrence that is a blessing one receives from reading Scripture.  God does not deny the seeking heart, He always answers when we call. But I've found that it is especially helpful to fine tune the ears of my heart to hear those answers, and I've learned to do it through the ways mentioned. Such ways also show a distinction between reading Scripture and reading other non-sacred texts. 

Do you have any way that you've made your Scripture time different and unique from the time you read other things? Are there ways that help you define that time as sacred? As a time being alone with God and receiving the spiritual manna all of our souls hunger for? If so...please share!


  1. I find reading as a way to escape this world no matter what it is it is a time to be somewhere else and it can be fulfilling, enlightening, thrilling!

    It is also with the Bible a place to explore and enjoy a good read. Whether you believe or not? It is a great Book. I say one thing don't let your children just know one book as all books give an insight to our human nature and then they will decide where their road leads them.

    Love the post and I hope this gets approved. Peace

  2. Hi Alejandro, thankyou for your comment :)

    I agree...reading is awesome! I love it too :) I'll read just about anything.

    When it comes to the Bible..I think even nonchristians can get a lot out of it. The Old Testament and New Testament are full of intriguing stories...though...as a Christian, when it comes to looking to the Bible for guidance, in seeking God's truths and insights and a glimpse of insight into the depths of His character and experiencing His presence...then oftentimes it's helpful to, out of reverence towards God's Word, set aside the Bible as something sacred and distinctly different than the other things we read.

    When it comes to what I let my kids read-I think it's important to raise well rounded children and children that have broad perspectives. It's important to think outside the box and also see views from different sides so we can understand others better. So, I think the sky is the limit as to what they read. I'm not a big fan of censorship :) Obviously, I wouldn't recommend my children , as they get older, reading anything profane, but when it comes to reading other religious works from other religions, or books regarding various philosophies, I'd encourage them to do so. Hopefully I have helped build a strong foundation for them in understanding the Bible as God's Word and helped encourage them at that point to make a committment in following Christ..but ultimately the choice lies with them. And they know my love for them is unconditional.

    I'm glad you enjoyed the post. I haven't gotten to read your blog yet but am following and look forward to reading your articles. They are relevant, for I stay home with my kids too! Can't wait to read your stories :)


  3. Wow! Thank you for responding back. Let your children be children yes. Let your love for God be secondary to the love for them. As, it is in them who will represent you now and in the future, be Christ like to those around you not devoted to a book! It is you that can be God it is you that is God.

    The bible is there as a lesson a lesson for us to see and hear and compare, it is not verbatim what we should do!

    Love your children more than God and that is what God wants!!!!

    Cheers and peace

  4. Well, I'm not sure I entirely agree with loving our children more than God. I used to say the same kind of thing. Our children are of course precious to us...they are the most precious people in our lives.

    But then I realized that to know and experience the true depth of love that can be found in God is to love God above all things, and through that love, we can love our children in deeper and even more full ways than we could have even imagined, when before we did not put God first.

    These things won't make sense unless you come from the perspective of a heart regenerated through God's love and spirit. I don't blame you if you don't agree..there was a time when I wouldn't have agreed myself..but it's what I've found to be true. God's love is infinte, if we, through embracing Him first, can get a glimpse of that infinte love and embrace our children with it..that kind of love far exceeds the kind of love that is experienced without God being involved.

    ~abundant blessings

  5. I added myself to follow your blog. You are more than welcome to visit mine and become a follower if you want to.

    God Bless You :-)


  6. Thank you Ron...I will check out your blog and be sure to become a follower :) Thanks for following this one-I look forward to hearing more from you! :)


  7. Thank you so much for leaving an honest and heartfelt comment on arise 2 write, today. I am blessed by your honesty. THANK YOU!
    Blessings, hugs, and prayers,

  8. It was my pleasure Andrea..you have a wonderful blog. I look forward to getting more familiar with it and reading more of your posts. It is surely a blessing for others. I love how God uses my fellow sisters in shining His light to the world!
    Many blessings :)