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a slow journey through lent: day 34

I took this photo with black and white film (yes that kind you had to take to the store or send away and have it developed) in the Philippines jungle, 20 years ago.

(How am I even old enough, right?)

But as I look at the photo and think of myself as a "young person" like the passage for the week (Psalm 119:9-16 says:

How can a young person live a clean life?

By carefully reading the map of your Word.

I was overwhelmed by my own devotion to the Word. I didn't read the Bible every day. I wasn't (or ever have been) what I would consider "super spiritual/religious" person. Some days I may not even crack it open. But rarely a day goes by now that I don't meditate on some passage I've set in my heart along the way. And the words, penned by humans, inspired by God, move me - guide my way - inspire me to respond.

What phrase of the passage stands out to you? Read it slowly. Give it a minute of silence. Is there something that you keep going back to? How does your own story resonate there? Where does it overlap?

I’m single-minded in pursuit of you;

don’t let me miss the road signs you’ve posted.

I’ve banked your promises in the vault of my heart

so I won’t sin myself bankrupt.

Be blessed, God;

train me in your ways of wise living.

I’ll transfer to my lips

all the counsel that comes from your mouth;

I delight far more in what you tell me about living

than in gathering a pile of riches.

I ponder every morsel of wisdom from you,

I attentively watch how you’ve done it.

I relish everything you’ve told me of life,

I won’t forget a word of it. (MSG version)

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