Regular readers of this blog will know that I find it difficult to resist a challenge. Another Blogging from A to Z in April participant issued one on Twitter and his blog.
I intend to continue with my posts about books and any craft projects I find time to complete.
The challenge is to Tweet daily about the Psalms beginning with Psalm 1 on Sunday 27 August 2017.
As I attempt to read from the Psalms every day as part of my quiet time, I have agreed to take part in the #psalmtweets project. I have been reading through the psalms in order for the last six years or so. Although I have no qualifications in Theology or Bible study, I have used various study guides over the years. I also believe that the words of the Bible may speak to anyone reading them through the guidance of the Holy Spirit.
In the past I have sometimes lingered over the same Psalm for several days, particularly Psalm 119, which has a section for each letter of the Hebrew alphabet. This project does not allow for that; it is a psalm a day (not to be confused with a psalmody!)
There may be supplementary posts on this blog as the project progresses. I am not committing myself to any regular blogging. What appears here may be as much a surprise to me as it is to you.
Thank you for reading. If you wish to read all the Tweets from the handful of Twitter people, who have given advance notice that they are responding to this challenge, use the #psalmtweets hashtag to search Twitter.
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The first question recorded in the Bible was asked by the serpent in Chapter 3 of Genesis. Other questions follow.
In Psalm 8 God is asked the question, “What is man that you are mindful of him?”
It is hardly surprising that there are questions in the Bible. We ask questions in order to learn.
Jesus asked and answered questions. In my A to Z Challenge of 2015 I wrote about the names of God. I couldn’t find a name beginning with Q. Instead I suggested that Jesus (believed by Christians to be the Son of God and the second person of the Trinity of God the Father, God the son and God the Holy Spirit, three persons and one God) was the Question-setter.
An example of Jesus’ use of questions may be found in Chapter 15 of Matthew’s Gospel. There are plenty of other examples elsewhere in the Gospels. Jesus asked Bartimaeus a question. My M post is also about questions.
This year for the A to Z Challenge I have taken my 2013 Challenge as a starting point for most of the posts. I have written a post based around something or usually someone from the Bible. Sometimes it is a fictional story, for example when I have added some back stories (as a writing exercise). Sometimes it is a summary.
I hope my readers will be challenged to consider the original texts in more depth. (If only to discover what liberties I have taken with them!)
My Q post for 2013
Before Christmas hubby and I went to visit our son, daughter-in-law and their children. We set off in early morning sunshine. As we drove up a hill we were dazzled by the sun, which was low in the sky and very bright.
Everything was lit up by its light. We could see the beautiful scenery around us as we travelled. Dark tree trunks appeared light as they reflected the bright light. There were blue skies, hazy hills, hillsides lit with all their contours highlighted.
Then we began to descend a hill. Ahead of us was a beautiful scene. The valley was shrouded in mist. Hills and trees appeared above the mist. It looked like something out of a fairy tale.
A valley shrouded in mist
Then the road led us into the mist, which in places was thick fog. The dipped headlights on our car enabled us to see a short distance ahead. That was all we needed to find our way.
The road ahead
On the way back it was dark and foggy. Where the fog was thickest there happened to be cats’ eyes marking the centre of the winding road. Then they ended for a stretch. We remarked on how much easier it was to see where we had to go with them to guide us. Without them we had to slow down.
I read somewhere about how we sometimes experience times in our lives when the way ahead seems uncertain. We need only to be able to see a short way ahead. We can only live in the present moment. We should be content to take one day at a time.
Of course we need to consider the future and make plans. Sometimes the plans do not turn out the way we had hoped. Circumstances change. We have to adapt.
As we enter a new year I am resolving to look to God for guidance. I believe that the gift of Emmanuel (God with us) at Christmas and the Holy Spirit (or Spirit of Christ) given to those who acknowledge Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour enable us to discern God’s guidance in our lives.
I wish all my readers a Happy New Year.
I am linking this to the photo challenge from the Daily Post, Path.