What we Need is “R and S” not “R and R.”
Maybe you love a good bedtime story but what about the “Rise and Shine” one? As you start out your morning and look to the news perhaps you start your day with devotions and prayer with the story that reminds you God is the ultimate story maker. I haven’t yet been able to bookend my day with reading the Bible at the beginning and the end (Alpha and Omega) but I do know that my mornings are better with a few moments in scriptures.
If you haven’t opened the Bible a lot and need some virtual help, there are several online Bible reading plans and blogs that help you focus on God. They are easy to load onto a phone or receive as an email with reminders that you can set for the time to read and opportunities to read with friends.
This plan offers you a look at the Bible that is not chronological and gives you a chance to listen to scriptures as well as reading. There is also a blog that gives you daily inspirations from the examples of others. Today, for instance, includes a story from Mother Teresa about a special gift from a poor man.
This Bible plan offers scriptures in plain text or videos that help interpret and engage your readings. It includes the opportunity to share scriptures with your children with a “Bible app for kids.”
This wonderfully diverse site allows you to pick Bible plans based on topics of interest from how to live your faith in marriage to what the Bible says about work to scriptures based on courage and creativity. There is a plan for everyone – some plans are only three days long and others last a year.
One of the other ways you can take part is to become part of the story, to be Philippians 2:14-15 people who “Do everything without grumbling or arguing, so that you may become blameless and pure, ‘children of God without fault in a warped and crooked generation.’ Then you will shine among them like stars in the sky as you hold firmly to the word of life.”
As I check out the story of the mom who waits in a parking lot to give food out to overworked truckers and cheer on the security guard of a cowboy museum who humorously and boldly takes on social media, I think about how I can do something that adds to the generosity and joy to this world. When I read those “rise and shine” stories, I want to shine like a star too. Reading scriptures give me the source of light and this time of “not normal” gives me the possibilities to no longer hide that light.
Like Lazarus, we can come forth to live again. God’s mercies are new every morning and so is our chance to rejoice. “Read and Shine.”