We knew there were gifts for us in the box our teacher was opening in front of the class. She had told us so, but we didn’t know what they were. We watched her, silent with anticipation, our desks clear.
Finally, she started calling us forward, one by one. I was near the front – my last name started with B – so I saw the box full of brand new bibles: red, silver, and blue. I smelled them: glue, ink, and paper dust.
I chose silver.
They did that back then. The Gideons gave bibles to every grade five student in public school.
In the front of the bible was a page where I could sign my name to pledge that I would read from this bible every day. I signed my name.
That was over forty years ago and I have rarely missed a day since. At first I would simply let the book fall open, read a line or two, then close it.
Like it was magic and all I needed was to put some of it in me, willy-nilly.
After a while I started reading passages and then whole books.
I was probably about 19 when, using a complicated chart, I finally read it all the way through.
But it wasn’t until nearly ten years ago that I started reading the One Year Bible over and over again; and I don’t know how many times I read it before I finally woke up to the fact that the whole thing is one big story.
I was astounded.
It was like someone turned on a light in a room where I had been groping blind for years. All the things I had bumped into, the random corners and edges, resolved themselves into beautiful furniture. The room was lovely.
I don’t think it should be a secret, and I don’t think you should have to read it over as many times as I did before you see the story.
I also don’t think you should have to study text books to see it – or go to school.
I think you can see it in your daily reading, especially if you have a guide.
I’d like to be company for you. I’d like to guide you through the story and trace it as we go so you can see it more clearly.
Because it turns out that I was right in the first place: the story is magic.
It rips away the curtain and shows us the supernatural things that go on around us all the time.
Are you ready?
I’ll post new readings regularly, and save them in chronological order at the top of the blog, so you can jump in where we are, or you can start at the beginning. It’s up to you.