Friday, July 30

Tag: 1 Samuel

Mindful Monday: Teacup Listening

Buddhism, contemplation, Lectionary, listen, mind, mindfulness, Scripture, Spirituality, United Church of Christ
This post is the first of three on the topic of mindfulness and listening. ~~~ "Now the Lord came again and stood there, calling as before, 'Samuel! Samuel!' And Samuel said, 'Speak, your servant is listening.'" (1 Samuel 3:10, NIV) For those who don’t know the context for this scripture, today’s daily lectionary selection, here’s a link to a brief explanation, written by Mary Luti for the United Church of Christ’s “Feed Your Soul Daily Devotional.” After an even briefer synopsis here, I’m going to consider one way that mindfulness and listening work together by relating a Buddhist story I just read. A twelve-year-old child, Samuel, heard someone calling him in the night. He believed that it was Eli, the priest under whom Samuel was training to be consecrated for service to God. Eli was g...

Disciple Bible Study: Week 9

Christianity, Post-a-Day, Religion, Scripture, Spirituality
I’m participating in Disciple Bible Study, a 34 week intensive. For five days, we have different readings.  I have decided to document my initial noticings from a close reading of the scripture. Well, an attempt at a close reading. Week 9 Theme:  Security 1 Samuel 1-7 1:5             Elkanah loved Hannah even though she was barren.  Nice of him to rise above it. 1:28           Samuel was lent to the Lord 2:11-17      Pericope:  Eli's Wicked Sons.  Just reinforces the wisdom that preacher's kids are a bit wild!  (Also Samuel's sons later, 8:3) 2:22           The sons have sex with women at the entrace to the tent of meeting.  Can we say, "temple prostitute?" 3:1             Samuel is "ministering to the Lord."  I think that is something to think about.  What does it mean to minister ...