"If you write FOR a particular market or FOR a particular editor you will often miss the mark. But if you write because your fingers have danced across the keyboard, because a character has tapped you on the shoulder, because a story has settled in your heart, then even if you never sell it you have done the work you were meant to do. And sometime, dear readers, real magic happens." Jane Yolen

3/15/10

The Word: Monday Manna

Welcome to Monday Manna. The purpose of this meme is to get together and get to know Christ more through His Word. On the first and third Monday of each month, anyone who wishes can post their thoughts on a verse I introduced at my blog the Thursday before. It doesn't have to be a long post -- just a few thoughts, a picture you feel helps express it, a poem, a short story, a devotional.

Anyone is welcome to participate. Just put a link to your Monday Manna blog entry in the MckLinky gadget below, and check out others' thoughts.

This week's verses are taken from the Pentateuch - the only scriptures I knew much, if at all, until a dozen years ago. 

Now what I am commanding you today is not too difficult for you or beyond your reach. It is not up in heaven, so that you have to ask, "Who will ascend into heaven to get it and proclaim it to us so we may obey it?" Nor is it beyond the sea, so that you have to ask, "Who will cross the sea to get it and proclaim it to us so we may obey it?" No, the word is very near you; it is in your mouth and in your heart so you may obey it. Deuteronomy 30:11-14

Looking forward to hearing what you have come up with. My thoughts are below.

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I don't know about you, but I have a LOT of Bibles. I have one that lives in my car. There are a couple others in our finished basement, another on my nightstand, and yet another in the dining room, in the "take to church pile." And that doesn't even count the ones we have in the library. So, in a very literal sense Deuteronomy 14a is true for me - the word is very near me.

But I really don't think that is what God meant when he moved Moses to pen those words as the Israelites were preparing to enter the Promised Land. No - He had just given His people a list of rules and true stories - a canon that would eventually become the Pentateuch. They were to come out of their mouths, and live in their hearts.

But we have an even more amazing benefit, this side of the Cross. Not only do we have the Word of God near us; we have the Word Incarnate - the Word made Flesh, near AND in us. We don't have to ascend to heaven to reach Him, nor cross the sea to know what He wants from us.

Jesus--our "Bible" in human form--is a part of every believer. And all WE must do is obey.

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Thanks for reading! Hope you'll share your own thoughts, and read other contributors' posts below.

Just FYI - there will be no Monday Manna the first Monday in April, as it is the day after Easter. See you back here the third Monday of that month!



Paving Rough Roads With God's Presence

3 comments:

  1. Blessings and prayers,
    andrea

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  2. Love, love, love this scripture! It's one I've highlighted and re-read countless times when I need to feel the warmth of God's breath on my neck. How thankful I am that I don't have to sail the sea or climb a mountain to find God! He's right here with me all the time. It's unfathomable, really, thinking that he would choose the likes of me to house his Spirit.

    But that's grace, and if feels good on me and in me tonight.

    peace~elaine

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