The Fire of the Word: Meeting God on Holy Ground

Today’s reflection comes from Sam Rahberg: 

Open your heart afresh
to the living Word of God. Fire of the Word image--!cid_image001_png@01D07A79
The Bible burns with
unquenchable fire.

Before all else, God wanted you.
God draws near, yearns for you.
Can you endure and embrace
God’s meeting you in Scripture?

Read prayerfully, openly,
humbly, expectantly.
God is fully present;
we are often less so.

Allow Scripture to become internalized.
Christ offers mysteries as enticements
to come back for more.

Christ is the goal,
the destination, the end point.
How should we live
in response to Christ revealed?

Holiness—love rightly ordered—
is life in all its abundance.
As God’s grace draws us,
we increasingly reflect God’s character.

God-believing, Christ-centered,
Spirit-empowered Christians
are formed and fortified by Scripture.

Contemplative prayer is simply
enjoying friendship with God.

If your reading leads Christ-ward,
you’re doing it right.

 

–Reader’s poem by Samuel Rahberg, based on the book  The Fire of the Word: Meeting God on Holy Ground by Chris Webb (Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 2011).

 

More about reader’s poems: 

After I finish a good read and before I tuck it away on the shelf, I like to spend some time synthesizing what was most important to me. I use the author’s own words, varied only slightly, and follow the themes that speak most strongly to me at this time. The reader’s poem above remains a summary and serves only as my own interpretation, so I take responsibility for any deviation from the author’s original intent. Even so, may it be a helpful reflection for others and an encouragement to read a fine book in its entirety.  

 

Sam Rahberg is the Director of the Benedictine Center , spiritual director, and writer who offers ministerial support to both lay and ordained Christian ministers.  Sam has experience in parish education and administration and holds a master’s degree in theology from Saint John’s University, Collegeville, Minnesota. Visit Sam at www.samuelrahberg.com .

 

 

Invitation: Read the Bible in a Year with Pastor Kris

An invitation from Pastor Kris:

I’ve always wanted to read the Bible from cover to cover. You might think that as a Pastor I have done this several times over. It’s true–I’ve read the whole Bible — but never cover to cover. SO — this year I am going to do it!  And  —  I thought I would invite all of you along on the journey!

Cover of The NRSV Daily BibleGod’s Word is filled with adventure. From floods and plagues to whole countries being overthrown and babies being born. And this adventure is really about how God’s love intersects with real people in real lives just like yours and mine. Why not spend a year reading the whole thing and see how God’s love intersects with your life in new ways? Why not open the pages of scripture every day and ask God to speak into your life?

We will be reading from The NRSV Daily Bible which includes special prayers and devotions for each day of the year. We will embrace the digital age with a Facebook Group and an online forum on Easter’s soon-to-be-released NEW website where you can interact with others who are on the same adventure. Finally, there will be a once a month touchpoint —  the first Tuesday of the month where we can meet face to face and discuss the big questions and revelations that come before us as we read each day.

DETAILS, DETAILS, DETAILS:

  • Start reading Day 1 on October 1
  • First in-person meeting will be Tuesday, November 4, 7-8:30 p.m., Easter by the Lake
  • Join us at 5:30 p.m. for a Community meal before the class gathering
  • Meet 1st Tuesday of each month in the new Lakeside Room at Easter by the Lake
  • Share online with Facebook Group –OR– new online forum on Easter’s website in fall
  • The in-person meeting is optional, as are the Facebook Group and Online Forum

We want you to study along with us in whatever format works best for you and your schedule.

YOU DO NOT HAVE TO ATTEND EASTER LUTHERAN CHURCH TO PARTICIPATE. All welcome.

Back cover NRSV Daily BibleWe hope to have a limited number of discounted The NRSV Daily Bibles available for purchase in the church office soon. There are many places to buy the book online.  The Kindle version of the book is available at smile.amazon.com for $12.47.  Call the church office at 651-452-3680 with any questions.

Join others in this amazing journey! 

Pastor Kris Capel is lead pastor at Easter Lutheran Church in Eagan, Minnesota, www.easter.org .