Summer happiness to everyone! God bless you! Let everything that has breath praise the Lord! - Psalm 150
Rev. Dr. Sandy Seaton-Todd
Bible Verses 2 Timothy 3:16 All scripture is God-breathed and useful for teaching.
Psalm 1:2-3 The person who delights in the law of the Lord, and meditates on God's law day and night, is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields fruit in season and whose leaves do not wither.
My lawn was so appreciative of the rain yesterday! Because we live near lake Erie, our ground is very sandy. It dries out quickly so after a few days of no rain, the grass begins to turn brown. I relate to the lines in scripture about the gift of trees being planted near streams of water. When I lived in North Carolina, it was common in the hot summers for an afternoon rain storm to blow through and soak the ground. It was so nice because everyone's lawns stayed beautifully green without ever having to water them. Water brings life!
Growing close to God through reading scripture has the life-giving power of water. Scripture teaches us God's way of being and the way of living that enables us to be our best selves. If we read scripture with the intention to be led by God's Spirit, we learn about God and Jesus and the Spirit, and we learn about ourselves. The best way to read the Bible is not to focus on the historical facts but to put yourself in the story and to realize the stories are about us.
We get to know ourselves when we read the Bible. We get to know God. And we become more humble, kind, compassionate, forgiving, grateful, generous, faithful, and loving. We feel like trees being watered instead of trees that are dry and thirsty. It's never fun to feel like we are withering and dry. Let's be thirsty for God's Word so we are watered with God's Spirit, and we become nourished and fruitful.