Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Everday Is A Winding Road (contemporary Song, Sheryl Crow)

Hello Grafted in Readers,

Today is Wednesday, May 24, in my corner of blog land. We are one week away from the Feast of Pentecost or Shavuot. This week also begins the reading of the fourth book in the Torah, (first five books of the Bible, or Moses, known in English as Numbers. In Hebrew it is B'Midbar. This book is highlighted by "numbers" or census taken throughout. The Torah is given in the wilderness. There is an interesting article featured at the Website, My Jewish Learning that discusses reasons for the Torah being given in the wilderness and not in Egypt or in the Promised Land. The wilderness also contained desert, fire, and water. These elements are gifts of G-d in our world. Arguably, water is less available to some. The point being, Torah is a gift of G-d to any who will receive it. Torah means instruction. Instruction comes to us to change us or change something we are perhaps doing that could be improved or perhaps banished. Maybe for example, we could benefit from improving our vocabulary by learning one new word a week. Or, we could improve our health by walking 15 minutes a day. Or, our faith could be enhanced by reading a chapter from the Bible daily or weekly. I think you understand the idea. We are on a journey, in fact, our blog recognizes that. We celebrate being given God's instruction on this journey at Shavuot. It is not just a birthday party for the Catholic, Lutheran, Anglican, Presbyterian, Methodist, and Pentecostal church in the western world, or the independent fellowships that exist. So, may I wish you, Happy Shavuot!

Editing begins on the anthology, Waiting For Messiah! This is exciting! Eight authors have created stories based on select Bible characters who have imagined their encounter with Yeshua the Messiah and how that enriched their personal life. This is planned to be published in eBook form on Smashwords by September 2017. You will be among the first to know!

Are you doing summer reading this year?

I have a couple books by Nora Roberts and Devin Baldacci that will be occupying my reading list this summer. Currently, about two-thirds of the way through "Chasing Fire" by Nora Roberts and enjoying it immensely. I'm giving the 350 page novels a chance, though I prefer the novella of about 200 Pages or so to be honest. That puts me in a reading minority according to the stats.

Meantime, glad we had this visit. I know they have become a bit more sporadic, but hopefully the quality is still here. Please drop me a line at
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Kevod Yeheveh, his presence be with you in your wilderness and on your plateau.

David Russell

Mellow Rock

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