Yes, we are half way through our Summer Book Blog. I've had some kind emails from folks who are reading the book, but have not had the time or comfort level to blog - and that's great! Some of the insights this book generates might not be comfortable for sharing, or might not come into clarity until days after you finish a chapter. The main thing is that folks are reading, praying and growing as Christians.
Since Chapter 9 warned against ARROGANCE, I will not blather on about me again. Instead, I offer:
1) No post for Chapter 10 until Monday. Feel free to comment on Chapter 9 here OR to summarize any of your thoughts from the first half of the book. Or just have a peaceful weekend - whatever God puts on your heart!
2) I'll share one devotional tool that has helped me. Psalm 95 is the traditional first Canticle in Morning Prayer. As Lucado notes about Psalm 23, the focus of Ps. 95 is on God. If you offer it as a morning devotion, try inflecting it to emphasize who it is all about:
O COME, let us sing unto the LORD; * let us heartily rejoice in the strength of our salvation.
Let us come before his presence with thanksgiving; * and show ourselves glad in him with psalms.
For the LORD is a great God; * and a great King above all gods.
In his hand are all the corners of the earth; * and the strength of the hills is his also.
The sea is his, and he made it; * and his hands prepared the dry land.
O come, let us worship and fall down, * and kneel before the LORD our Maker.
For he is the Lord our God; * and we are the people of his pasture, and the sheep of his hand.
O worship the LORD in the beauty of holiness; * let the whole earth stand in awe of him.
For he cometh, for he cometh to judge the earth; * and with righteousness to judge the world, and the peoples with his truth.
Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, * and to the Holy Ghost;
as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, * world without end. Amen.