These Good Words:
30 Days of Scripture and Reflection
I have written this devotional for the readers of my blog and my books, and for all the listeners of This Good Word. It has been a privilege and a joy to write and speak to such generous and thoughtful readers and listeners. Whenever I sit down to create, my deep sense is that we really are in it together.
When you are kind enough to write to me, I have found you to be a tribe that wants so badly to find a spiritual home, but for reasons that include pain, incredulity with the current religious systems, and your own struggles with God and the bible, you have not yet found one. Though they are certainly not enough, I am glad you have found a home in the words that I create. I hope and pray that God meets you as you journey through this devotional. So let’s talk about a thirty-day journey of Scripture and reflection.
I have written thirty short essays, each connected to and inspired by a short passage of Scripture. I hope I have included an honesty, transparency, and spirit of inclusion within each one, believing that good things happen when my story intersects your story, and in some mysterious way, God’s story as well. At the end of each day, I’ve included two reflection questions for you to ask yourself, discuss with others, use as a guide for prayer, or completely ignore.
I do not have any hope that you would plow through this in thirty days, unless of course you want to. In any case, trying to “get through it” in a short or long amount of time would be to miss the point. Some of you will read it all in one sitting, and then go back through it. Some of you will read it as you can, missing days in between because life is crazy. And some of you really will take thirty days to do it. Whatever your particular journey is, be at peace. This is not a test. Hopefully, it is a gift.
I’d like to imagine that we are floating down a river in a raft, sometimes paddling for our lives to get around the rocks, and sometimes blissfully floating along, resting and watching for new life. Like a river rafting guide, my writing, if it does its work, will point out certain things that I find interesting; but you might find other things interesting, and if you do, I’ll consider my work to have accomplished its goal. There are no particular themes week by week, unless of course you see something that I didn’t see, which is entirely possible.
Many thanks to Nick Throckmorton, for his enduring friendship, and also for the beautiful cover design. And to Catie Schlenk, for her careful eye in proofing, and her boundless belief in me. Both of you are great gifts in my life.