Studying this morning's four readings from the St. James Daily Devotional Guide (click to subscribe), I examined myself with these questions. Where is your self-examination leading today?
Psalms 113:1-9. Verse 9, God's special love for babies and the women who bring them into the world. How can my church more faithfully model this, preach it, celebrate it?
II Kings 11:1-21. (Cited to the wrong chapter yesterday) Jehoiada the priest crowns Jehoash the boy king. Verse 17, what can we in America learn from this, as Christians in a pluralist society under a secular government?
John 2:1-12. Jesus' special care for the institution of marriage. How can my church more faithfully model this, preach it, celebrate it?
Luke 2:41-50. Verse 48, Mary's sorrow amid some tension with her son, like the previous story. What does this teach me about the cost of serving Jesus unreservedly, being all in for him?
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To go deeper, see interpretive notes by Bible scholar Patrick Reardon for many of this week's readings.