Linger over it

Good morning everyone,
 
Our theme for this month: “Writing and Reading”
 
Our Bible verse for today: “I will meditate on your precepts and think about your ways. I will delight in your statutes; I will not forget your word.” Psalm 119:15-16 (CSB)
 
Our thought for today: “Linger over it”
 
There’s a special kind of joy and satisfaction that comes from lingering over and savoring good writing. A well-turned phrase, an especially insightful and thoughtful statement, or a wise and helpful observation should be read slowly and thoughtfully, then read again and thought about some more.
 
In her book, “Pathways of Spiritual Living” Susan Muto was writing about the importance of slow and prayerful reading of the Bible and other types of Christian literature. She wrote, “Our spiritual life is refreshed whenever we take time to savor these timeless values. They become a living part of who we are. The text is like a bridge between the limits of our life here and now and the possibilities awaiting us if we open our minds and hearts to God.”
 
She was writing about the care and feeding of our devotional life. In order to truly appreciate it we must take the time to savor it. Last night Linda and I went to dinner in a very nice restaurant to celebrate our anniversary. The meal was excellent and we took our time enjoying it. What a shame it would have been to have just scarfed it down and quickly left. Instead, we lingered and savored both the food and each other’s company. That’s what our time with God should be like. Unhurried, restful, enjoyable, thoughtful, and prayerful. So, relax, linger, enjoy.
 
That’s also what we do on Sunday when the church gathers for fellowship, study, and worship. We enjoy each other’s company, we think deeply about small parts of God’s Word, and we savor our time with Him and with each other. We invite you to join us. We meet for Sunday school at 9:00 and worship at 10:00. Together we will relax, linger, and enjoy God and each other.
 
God bless,
Pastor Jim
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