Good morning! I hope this day finds you and your family well, and I want you to know that you are in my prayers daily during this difficult time.
I invite you to take a few moments with me to reflect on today’s Upper Room Devotional below — as well as on the theology woven into “It is well with my soul.”
Ezekiel 2:8 New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)
8 But you, mortal, hear what I say to you; do not be rebellious like that rebellious house; open your mouth and eat what I give you.
Ezekiel 3:3 New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)
3 He said to me, Mortal, eat this scroll that I give you and fill your stomach with it. Then I ate it; and in my mouth it was as sweet as honey.
Tim’s Devotional Reflection for Today
These words from Ezekiel are reminiscent of the words of Psalm 119:103-105. The Psalmist, addressing God, says, “How sweet are your words to my taste, sweeter than honey to my mouth! Through your precepts I get understanding; therefore I hate every false way. Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.”
Traditional rabbinic literature always emphasized the importance of making learning sweet. In the small Jewish towns and villages of Eastern Europe, the beginning of a child’s Jewish Education was such an important occasion that parents would wrap their children in prayer shawls and carry them to school. The teacher often put honey on the page of a Hebrew book for the child to taste so the child would always think of learning as “sweet.” That tradition is grounded in these passages of scripture.
The good news of our faith that sustains us through good times and troubled times is sweet like honey.
Thank you for sharing this early moment of your day with me, with God, and with the words and music that I hope you will carry with you throughout the coming day and night.
I am so grateful for you, for our church, and for the Love that will see us all through this very difficult time. Please stay safe and well and we’ll be together again in spirit tomorrow morning!
Grace and Peace,
Dr. Tim Bruster