It took a year to read the Bible, then almost 9 months to read the Apocrypha. Now, I'm going to try to offer reflections on the Narrative Lectionary. But, I won't be posting daily--at least, for a while.

Monday, December 29, 2014

Reflection on the One-Year Bible readings for December 29

Praise the Lord! 
Praise the Lord from the heavens; 
praise the Lord in the heights!
(adapted from Psalm 148:1)

Zechariah 14:1-21
Troubling images of victory.

Revelation 20:1-15
Final conflict. Final judgment.

Psalm 148:1-14
On her website One Cannot Have Too Large a Party, the blogger penelopepiscopl has included an excerpt from the Benedicite Aotearoa in the New Zealand Book of Prayer
10 All prophets and priests, all cleaners and clerks,
professors, shop workers, typists and teachers,
job-seekers, invalids, ' drivers • and ' doctors:
give to our ' God your ' thanks and ' praise.
11 All sweepers and diplomats, writers and artists,
grocers, carpenters, students and stock-agents,
seafarers, farmers, ' bakers • and ' mystics:
give to our ' God your ' thanks and ' praise.
12 All children and infants, all ' people • who ' play:
give to our ' God your ' thanks and ' praise.
Proverbs 31:8-9
Speak out for those who cannot speak, 
for the rights of all the destitute.
Speak out, judge righteously, 
defend the rights of the poor and needy.

Prayer for Today:  As you read verses 10 through 12 in Psalm 148, substitute persons appropriate for your own life and locale.

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