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...
Thoughtful Thursday is designed to provoke our thinking of how we think about God or the Divine.
One of my favorite stories about humanity is in the Bible and it is the story of Saul-who became the first king of the Israelites and Samuel-the prophet who anointed him. The story of Saul's anointing goes like this:
Backstory: The Israelites wanted a king to lead them, not silly old Judges or Prophets!
Saul was at home, hanging out with his family and some of the donkeys escaped. Now Saul was a young, teenage boy--typical of every hero in the Bible--youngest son, not viewed as a testosterone filled leader. Saul's task, assigned by his family, was to go get the donkeys and return them home!
So Saul goes on the road. He looked here and there, and the donkeys were not there. He looked ove...
Hebrew Scripture: 1 Samuel 15:34–16:13 (Anointing of David)
Psalm: Psalm 20 or Psalm 72 (for Victory / for King Solomon)
Christian Scripture: 2 Corinthians 5:6–10, 14–17 (11–13) (Living in faith)
Gospel: Mark 4:26–34 (Parables/scattering seed & mustard seed)
Just taking a few moments to be present to the text and notice things. Maybe you noticed them too, or maybe you notice something else! I'd love to know what it is. The NRSV is online at: http://bible.oremus.org/
Hebrew Scripture Reading
I am noticing the word anoint, anointed. And I am noticing that God is tricky--sending Samuel with the cow.
ANOINT: Tyndale Bible Dictionary: To pour oil or ointment onto a person or object in a ritualistic fashion. The Hebrew word for anoint first appears in Genesis 31:13, where it re...