An Active Response

The Lord our God, the Lord is One. Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength. These words that I am giving you today are to be in your heart. Repeat them to your children. Talk about them when you sit in your house and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Bind them as a sign on your hand and let them be a symbol on your forehead. Write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates. (Deuteronomy 6:4b-9)

Repeat.

Talk.

Bind.

Write.

Responding to God and His Word is active. It’s not something we are content to know about, tear apart, analyze, and set aside. We question, interact with, wonder, and wrestle with it. We let it change us even after we’ve concluded something about it. We repeat it not to fully comprehend it but to let it become a part of us beyond comprehension. We build our faith on it with trust and certainty even when we are not certain. We let it chasten and chisel us.

It is uncomfortable.

It is necessary.

It is trustworthy.

It is beautiful.

Bible-Reading

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