Are you a doodler? Maybe you hunger to know God better. Perhaps you are a visual or kinesthetic learner, a distractible or impatient soul, someone who lives inside your head and struggles to find the words to pray.
George Friedrich Handel was a storyteller —with music. The music of Handel's Messiah tells and interprets the story much like a sermon interprets a biblical text. The Messiah has been in continuous performance since it was first performed over 270 years ago. The texts are no longer mere words but have sung themselves into our souls. What is it about the texts in Handel’s ‘Messiah’ that reaches into our hearts and souls? What do they mean? Do we, too, long for the coming of the promised Messiah?
For many of us, January is a time to make a fresh start on a habit we’d like to integrate into our daily routine. One thing that helps is to put a cue in our usual path to remind us that we want to engage in this behavior on a regular basis. If you’d like to start reading the Bible more often, you might want to cut out this section of the Beacon and place it and your Bible on your nightstand or next to your favorite chair. Another option is to subscribe to the daily blog posts of Luther Seminary professor David Lose called, “In the meantime.…” These days, he is reflecting on the Gospel of Luke, as well as a surprising variety of things in the culture that catch his attention. Click here to check out the blog.