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Sunday, January 7, 2024

Reading Sacred Texts

 Only if we will venture to enter into the words of the Bible, as though in them this God were speaking to us who loves us and does not will to leave us along with our questions, only so shall we learn to rejoice in the Bible.

            ---- Dietrich Bonhoeffer

This morning, as I read Dietrich Bonhoeffer's biography, another way to view our reading came to me.

Imagine God is speaking directly to us, inspiring us just as those who wrote down the original inspirations. It is a personal letter to us.

The Presence of God spoke according to the ability to hear. The bronze age person, no matter how brilliant, could not understand the advanced physics that prove some transcendent Power initiated the Big Bang, for example. So they were told the magnificent creation story of Genesis 1. In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth- God already existed and was more than the material world that was created.

I think of Jesus saying we need to come like a little child, and I think I must hear the inspiration as the early person heard. I must walk with God through history, through the stages of maturing, until we come to Jesus who intimately knew God and spoke powerfully out of that knowing. And, furthermore, he challenged us to have that relationship ourselves. He asks us today - do you accept the challenge?

Read the first 3 Gospels, starting with Mark, the oldest, then Matthew, then Luke. God and Jesus are talking directly to us. Set aside what you've been told and do your best to read and listen with new eyes and ears. Let those with eyes to see, see, and those with ears to hear, hear.

Let our hearts and ears and eyes be opened to truly awaken to our Oneness. God is with you.

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