Driving Through New England

If you were to drive through the 48 contiguous states, you would notice one grouping of states that is unlike any other—New England. It takes about six hours to drive across Pennsylvania, a full day to get through Texas and an eternity to get across Nebraska! Yet when you reach New England, you can drive through several states in what feels like mere moments.  

Why do I bring this up? Well, we are entering a portion of scripture that is kind of like driving through New England. Whereas it used to require two weeks to get through a single book, suddenly we find ourselves traveling through two books in a single week!

At this pace, my Friday posts will not orient us to the amazing scenery we will drive by. To help us capture some of what we could miss, I encourage you to get an overview of the terrain by viewing the brief Bible Project summary videos found on YouTube or Right Now Media.

You can click here to view Galatians on YouTube. Search “Bible Project” and include the book name to find another one. You can click here to view Galatians in Right Now Media and use the same search process as with YouTube to find other books. As a reminder, Covenant has a membership with Right Now Media so let me know if you do not yet have an account and I’ll send you an invitation. Once you have a free account, you will have access to all their video resources, which includes Bible studies and some great kid’s videos too.

As we cross the threshold into our pandemic-impacted holiday season, this might be a good time to remind you that our goal is not to get through the reading; we want the reading to get through to us. So, if life gets busy for you and you start running behind, you might want to catch up by watching one (or more) of the Bible Project videos. And just like when reading Scripture, as you watch the video be open to how the Spirit may speak to you. Does one point seem to jump out more than others? If so, write it down, go to that section and ask the Lord about it. Be open to how the Lord wants to share with you, especially during these disruptive days.

And sitting in the middle of our Thanksgiving weekend, with COVID popping up all round us, I thought it might be appropriate to leave you with a selection from our December 12 reading.

Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus. (Phil 4:6-7)

“New England” has some marvelous things to see, so I pray the Lord will guide you to the places that will mean the most to you in this season.