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Lenten Reflection

Last year for Lent I added reading the Bible every day to my activities, and after Lent ended I kept up with the Bible readings. At first I didn’t mark what chapters I read, and as I wasn’t reading them strictly in order I decided to “start over” and mark them off as I read them. Anyway, that’s to say that I am not doing a study guide and not having a clear purpose in mind other than reading them – so I had been wondering for a year if I was going about this all wrong – how much was I remembering, how much was I learning without guidance or targeted reflection, etc.? Was I wasting my time, even? Wasting God's time? Today I had a sign that this was serving some good – in doing the Lenton “Five Minutes with the Word” book and looking up the readings for the day I had a feeling of going home when reading Jonah. I may not be able to biblically expound upon it with authority or recite it from memory, but I recognized the story and felt connected.

Also, it’s fun recognizing wording and phrasing in the songs we sing at mass.

So I know I still ought to take a class or read an actual Bible study, but until I do get organized what I am doing is still worthwhile. And that’s a relief!

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ann_mcn
Mar. 17th, 2011 09:47 am (UTC)
Through the years, I've gone through all sorts of different Bible reading patterns -- in college, a psalm every day, and then for a few years, my Bible had 2 different Bible-in-a-year in the back that I used. Those were good, even slogging through Leviticus, because it gave me familiarity. For the past umpteen years, though, I use the Book of Common Prayer which has the Daily Office for years one and two. I'm picking up cross references now, which is good.

It seems that we ought to be able to make Bible references as easily as we do Dr Who, ya know?
child_of_orion
Mar. 22nd, 2011 01:55 am (UTC)
Agreed! I probably could quote way more movies than I could Biblical verses.

I have never seen the Book of Common Prayer, even though we talked about it a lot in class last semester.


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ann_mcn
Mar. 22nd, 2011 10:32 am (UTC)
BCP (Book of Common Prayer) is a keystone of Episcopalianism (new word). It has the liturgies for several services, the Psalms, all the readings for the three year cycle, and the Daily Office readings. Then there are the prayers, which most people never even glance at, but they're so good!
madladyred
Mar. 24th, 2011 03:19 am (UTC)
Part of it (the readings from the 3-year cycle) sounds like the Catholic Lectionary.

I would love to see the BCP - I was already curious from last semester's class. Now I want to read the prayers!! I'm going to have to see if any of my friends around here are Episcopalian.
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