Thanksgiving Week is also National Bible Week, a time to encourage the reading of God’s Word by His people.
This year, the National Bible Association, the founder of National Bible Week is observing National Day of the Bible, today, November 19. Christians are urged to gather in public to read the Scripture aloud.
If you don’t have the opportunity to join other Christians in a public reading of God’s Word, this is a good day to focus on reading Scripture yourself. Each year, I choose a Bible reading plan to follow for the year. This year, my husband’s final illness, death, funeral, and aftermath distracted me from my plan. As a caregiver, I didn’t have the uninterrupted quiet time to read each day’s Scripture. I got too far behind to catch up. So right now, I’m reading Bible passages that relate to daily devotionals but not trying to complete a formal plan. In January, I will start a new plan to read the Bible in a year, choosing a version I have not read before.
Do you follow a Bible reading plan? If not, how do you spend time in God’s Word?
For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope. ~ Romans 15:4 (KJV)
BLESSED Lord, who hast caused all holy Scriptures to be written for our learning; Grant that we may in such wise hear them, read, mark, learn, and inwardly digest them, that by patience and comfort of thy holy Word, we may embrace, and ever hold fast, the blessed hope of everlasting life, which thou hast given us in our Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen.~ 1928 Book of Common Prayer, Collect for the Second Sunday in Advent