I'm always on the lookout for books being written by young Episcopalians -- notChristians but faithful, articulate young adults already making a difference today. The following is from a youthful writer who belongs to the Cathedral Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. It comes from her book,Your Faith Your Life. It's about reading the Bible in a fresh way, something good for all of us to learn.
"The Bible is about God, not about us. People like you and me, inspired but still like us, wrote it to tell how they experienced God. ... Their stories are meant for wonder.
A key moment in the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd, an approach to the religious formation of children rooted in the Bible, liturgy, and Montessori principles, is when the teacher, after telling a story from the Bible, looks into the eyes of the children, respecting each as person, and says simply: 'I wonder ... why does Jesus love the sheep ... why did the shepherd leave the ninety-nine to find the one that was lost ... I wonder ... what Andrew thought when Jesus said 'Follow me' ... I wonder ... does Jesus say that also to me..."
What do you wonder about in the Bible as you know it? And how could you explore your wonder? It makes me wonder: how do our stories fit into God's bigger story? I wonder ....