The story from Acts that we heard on Sunday is so rich. There are so many things to explore in this encounter between Philip and the Ethiopian that I invite us to stay with this story for one more day. What’s been sticking with me is this one verse when the Holy Spirit nudged Philip to meet the Ethiopian who was reading from the prophet Isaiah.

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Philip asked, “Do you understand what you are reading?” He replied, “How can I, unless some guides me?” (Acts 8:30b-31a)

I love the image of Philip and the Ethiopian sitting together in that chariot exploring the scriptures as conversation partners!  I was so fortunate to have many guides in my life who helped open up the scriptures with me. From my family, to Sunday school teachers, to pastors, youth directors, and friends, I had good conversation partners and I still do. 

Scripture isn’t meant to be read alone. It’s a living word that comes to life when we ask questions, have conversations, wonder together, and study. It’s a living word that requires us to engage with it in relationship, and it’s through relationships that those scriptures form us for life together. Who are your conversation partners? Today I invite you to think back over your life and make a list of your guides and conversation partners. Who got into your chariot and helped open up the scriptures to you? Once you have made your list, give thanks to God for those partners and the ways your relationship with each other opened your relationship with scripture. May we continue to be partners as we let the living word of God guide us. 

In Peace, Pastor Ruth

Let us pray: 
Good and Gracious God, form the minds of your faithful people into your one will. Make us love like you love, forgive like you forgive, extend hospitality like you extend hospitality, and embody your grace. Fix our hearts where true joy is found, your son, Jesus Christ, our Savior and Friend. Amen.