What a busy week that I have had and I plan to have another one this week. We received some different news this week. My daughter has a small tumor on the back of her head – nothing serious the doctor said, and well, I am sure she is right, but it will be biopsied soon enough. Still worrisome though, to hear those words together. Then their is a small chance that the baby could be born with GBS disease. We are leaving everything in God’s hands.
And, I am planning for a bang-up job for the NLT Mosaic blog-a-thon and giveaway on Tuesday. I have used, perused it, read it, since it arrived, and I must say, it is a beautiful bible. The contest is designed to incorporate everyone, so you do not have to be a blogger to enter. While some might have a problem with the NLT (note, this is the 2007 edition, and corrected what many would assume was a deficiency in 2nd Samuel 21.19), I want to recommend this edition to those who do have daily devotionals, meditations, and or who want to explore different voices speaking about biblical themes and concepts. I am giving away two. If you have a favorite NLT passage, either email me or just post the Scriptural reference on the contest post, and that is an entry. If you comment telling me why you want this bible, that is another entry. And if you link to the above post on your blog, that’s another entry. I would really like to give you this bible, as it is a wonderful addition to your libary.
The mediations are set up on a weekly style – on biblical themes. This week, it was Service, and included suggested readings, a note from a worker in Calcutta, and a few quotes from various authors, including John Wycliffe and Ambrose of Milan. It also includes a small, rather small, note section. One of the suggested readings was this:
“No, this is the kind of fasting I want: Free those who are wrongly imprisoned; lighten the burden of those who work for you. Let the oppressed go free, and remove the chains that bind people. Share your food with the hungry, and give shelter to the homeless. Give clothes to those who need them, and do not hide from relatives who need your help.
“Then your salvation will come like the dawn, and your wounds will quickly heal. Your godliness will lead you forward, and the glory of the LORD will protect you from behind. Then when you call, the LORD will answer. ‘Yes, I am here,’ he will quickly reply. “Remove the heavy yoke of oppression. Stop pointing your finger and spreading vicious rumors! Feed the hungry, and help those in trouble. Then your light will shine out from the darkness, and the darkness around you will be as bright as noon.
The LORD will guide you continually, giving you water when you are dry and restoring your strength. You will be like a well-watered garden, like an ever-flowing spring. Some of you will rebuild the deserted ruins of your cities. Then you will be known as a rebuilder of walls and a restorer of homes. (Isa 58:6-12 NLT)
We try to instill into our children a since of service to others, not as a system of works, but as method of showing Christ to others. Here, the Prophet’s message was one of a renewal to Justice and Holiness through service to others. As Phillips Brooks said (an author also used in the Mosaic) we are’ set free into service and into duty’ of Christ and to others.
This week, I do have a few posts planned, including actually getting to the Deconstruction of Social Orders found in Philemon, continuing thoughts on Christ as the Incarnation, the review of Torrance’s book, a few more quotes from him, and if I can squeeze in another book review, that’s the goal. And, the blog-a-thon on Tuesday – please feel to participate – as well as lots of prayer. And for my regular readers, if you want to become a contributor, let me know.
As always, God bless.