J is for jigsaw puzzle piece #AtoZChallenge

For the A to Z in April Challenge 2019 I have picked some words, which are connected with physical space.

J is for a piece of a jigsaw puzzle;
Its shape may be curved, interlocking or square
To complete a dog without a muzzle
Or perhaps a scene somewhere.

Jigsaw puzzles are usually fun. They have found their way into this theme about physical space, because they are relevant (and J is a difficult letter!). Boxes of jigsaw puzzles take up space in a cupboard. Individual puzzle pieces occupy particular spaces when the puzzle has been completed successfully.

Animals and landscapes are popular themes for jigsaw puzzles. Some puzzles are marketed as being ‘the most difficult’. Now I have been blogging for over 6 years there are not many topics which interest me that I haven’t written something about. Jigsaws feature in my post about what to do in a power outage!

A square and an interlocking puzzle piece

The sorts of power that we rely on in the developed world are not always available. Electricity may fail in bad weather as power-lines are damaged by wind or snow. There may be shortages of other fuels due to all sorts of factors, mainly political.

One thing that Christians believe is that God is powerful. If you clicked the links in my post for the letter I you may have read about God demonstrating his power to the people of Israel. That was a long time ago. The verse of the day on Bible Gateway as I prepare this post in advance is Romans 15:13.

It is a prayer that the followers of Jesus Christ in Rome, will overflow with (love, joy and) hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. St Paul was writing to people who were risking imprisonment and even death for their faith. Yet he believed that God’s power could give them hope. The letter to the church at Rome is the sixth book in the New Testament.

In case you are unfamiliar with the Bible, the first four books of the New Testament are the gospels, which tell the good news about Jesus Christ in four different ways. The first three include many of the same incidents and are called the synoptic gospels, meaning from the same viewpoint. St John’s gospel is more reflective. The fifth book is the sequel to St Luke’s gospel – the Acts of the Apostles. This is a very exciting, action-packed book about what the early Christians did after Jesus had ascended into heaven and they had received the Holy Spirit.

Reading the Bible has many things in common with solving a jigsaw puzzle. Sometimes stories from different parts of the Bible only make sense when looked at in the context of what has gone before. Individual jigsaw puzzle pieces do not tell us much about the whole picture. They have to be viewed in context. Studying the Bible or doing a jigsaw puzzle with friends can be fun.

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3 thoughts on “J is for jigsaw puzzle piece #AtoZChallenge

  1. As a child I was nearly put off jigsaw puzzles for life by a really annoying Robinson Crusoe one but thankfully my old flatmate had one on the kitchen table which we could all add a piece too when we were passing so that helped.

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