“Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.” – Psalm 119:105

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In her book Inspired: Slaying Giants, Walking on Water, and Loving the Bible Again, Rachel Held Evans invites us to engage with scripture not as a static rulebook, but as a living, breathing narrative that interacts with our own stories. She emphasizes that scripture invites our questions and reflections, encouraging us to bring our whole selves to the text.

Evans writes, “Scripture doesn’t need to be protected from our questions. It has endured through centuries of inquiry and interrogation. The Bible invites us to wrestle with it, and to be transformed in the process.” This perspective opens up a dynamic relationship with scripture, where our personal narratives and the biblical story intertwine, leading to spiritual growth and deeper understanding.

When we approach the Bible with curiosity and openness, we find that its stories resonate with our own experiences. Just as the psalmist finds guidance and wisdom in God’s word, we too can discover direction and insight for our lives. Engaging with scripture allows us to see our challenges, joys, and struggles through the lens of God’s overarching narrative of redemption and hope.

By reflecting on our stories in light of the Bible, we find a deeper connection to God and to our faith community. Sharing these reflections with others can strengthen our collective faith and inspire us to live out God’s call with renewed vigor.

May God’s peace find you today. -Pastor Peter

Let us pray… Gracious God, help us to engage the stories of scripture with open hearts and minds. May we see our stories within your grand narrative, finding wisdom, guidance, and transformation in your word. Amen.