In my post of June 11, 2012, I talked about having finished reading the Old Testament. I referenced some of my favorite verses therein (especially a quote from my father of the bride speech at Lauren’s wedding). Well I’ve just finished reading the New Testament. Again. Quite a trip. The Gospels are interesting and inspiring as they have been forever. But there are some verses which I just had to write down. Because sometimes one needs “special” inspiration.
I Timothy 5:23 gives sage counsel: “Drink no longer water but a little wine for thy stomach’s sake. . . .” So who doesn’t feel obliged to have a little red wine (maybe a nice Bacio Divino cab) now and then?
I Timothy 4:8 admonishes that “. . . bodily training is of some value.” So I (sigh) feel the push to go to the fitness center a few times a week.
Which leads to the whole reason for a personal trainer. I mean it’s right there in Hebrews 12:12 “Therefore lift your drooping hands and strengthen your weak knees. . . .”
But let me be serious too. There is one very special chapter – that I discovered on a particularly gray day in 1969. It is I Corinthians 3. I’m no theologian and you will rightly conclude that I am unqualified to offer incisive comment on the subject of faith. But for me, most everything in Christianity distills in these 23 verses. I can read this chapter over and over. It is an old friend. I find peace. And I find calm. And faith. If you read it, I hope you will too.