Friday, April 03, 2009


School has been rather stressful recently. I love when people say things like "the year is winding down" when it really just means that professors are assigning their massive "grand finale" assignments. Yes, even though English majors don't have to take final exams exactly, we still have to turn in giant research papers. Seeing as I'm in about five English classes at once this semester, that means that I'll be up to my ears in books and essays for the next few weeks, trying to get everything together and streamlined into presentable papers.

Now, this isn't as horrible as it sounds. I love reading, and I love writing, and I'm even starting to get a certain fondness for the critical essays and approaches to literature that I used to abhor. I still do hate doing them, especially for works that I really don't enjoy (I've had to read Little Women this semester, for example). However, I am coming to terms with a certain appreciation of the talent and observation it takes to make connections between a variety of texts, forging something new and cohesive out of works that are old and separate. Still, that's time-consuming work, and as much as I enjoy reading, sometimes I feel like there just isn't enough time to read everything I want to.

High on that list of things I want to read is the Bible, of course. Granted, between all my study over the years, I've probably read the vast majority of it. Still, I want to read it straight through, to get a better understanding of its narrative and how it works together. More than that, I want to get better at doing my daily Bible study. I think most days I do read a Bible chapter or two, but still, I don't feel that I'm really interacting with the Scriptures enough. This is what should sustain and guide me, after all, and I know that when I do have a more solid routine of daily times of quiet reflection, things in life tend to go quite a bit better. I can't rely on weekly Bible study meetings and whatever the pastor decides to preach on Sundays (although both of those are good things). The Bible is right there on the shelf, waiting to be read.

So are the rest of my books, for that matter, and I do intend to read them all. In fact, when I imagine myself in old age (scary thought, but I do), I see a warm, friendly office and library with walls and walls of old, worn, well-read books of all types. I get a great pleasure out of reading and it's a shame that more people don't. However, most books are only read once or twice. I would hope that my Bible is read countless times throughout life, and more than being read, I hope that it would be understood and actually make impact.

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