“Okay,” I reasoned, “we can do it, but I will find other people to lead most of the days.” That, I did. We had an amazing core team, with 7 or so people who were there every single day. I was intending to be absent some of the days, or to carry other paperwork that I could do while sitting anonymously in the back ‘pew’….
HA! That did not happen! It seems that the Word of God is somehow addictive. It is like watching a movie — you don’t want to miss any part. Especially the Old Testament; it is a continuing story of a nation, or a family. If you miss something, you really ‘feel it.’ One time I had to rush out to the bank, but hurried back, thinking “I want to get back before David dies!’ (I was just in time). Another time it was the exile. “Have they gone into exile yet?” was my first question when I returned from running some errands. The answer was “not yet.” Whew!
Then the coming of Jesus, his amazing life, powerful teachings and history-changing resurrection. Oh, how I wish I could have been on the Emmaus Road when he traced his own divine heritage. What a lesson!
Reading chronologically through the Bible ‘at once’ really gives a fresh perspective. On one hand, it is much easier to see the continuity, or to trace certain threads from Genesis to Revelation. On the other hand, seeming inconsistencies or even contradictions are brought to light. One thing for sure, I now have more questions than answers! And that is good, because there is a deeper desire to study and seek. “Those who seek the Lord will find him when they seek him with all their heart.”
Finally, reading out loud. It must be so easy to gloss over certain things when reading silently. Why else, if I have read through the Bible probably 20 times, am I still finding completely ‘new’ things?
We are very thankful for the $550 raised so far through the Read-a-Thon. The door for giving is still open! You can use the “Donate” button on the home page of this blog, or send a donation via PayPal on the dcfi.org or springsofafrica.org websites. All donations will go to the mission work of DOVE Africa.
One thing is for sure, we WILL do it again. We have decided that, by God’s grace, this needs to be an annual event. So, ‘good-bye’ to the Read-a-Thon reports for now… until next year!