Why I'm slow to quote Scripture and what I do instead
Great insight and so well articulated -- thank you.
Tara’s post brought so much clarity for me too!!
Scripture holds so much depth that we can spend a lifetime reading and studying it and find new things year after year. I have found the Psalms so very healing and validating of my human emotions and reactions. Thank you!
“It is not a rule book but a refuge and a record, evidence of the reality of human life in all its complexity.”
In this quote, you were talking about the Psalms specifically, but in my life, I think this gives voice to how I (presently) have come to view the whole Bible.
I have needed a new view of it because of how the words (and people’s interpretations of the words) have harmed so many humans now and through its history. Leaving space for all of this tension, as well as the comfort and “refuge” it can be is a tricky road. Thank you for leading the way.
Grateful for you Emily.
Hi. I am one who absolutely loves your Psalm Summer episodes, and I am thankful for a female voice reading them. I think some things get lost in transition in my heart when a man reads the psalms. They are too deep and personal. Also, I, too, have been called things I'm not because of the fact that I am not preaching a sermon with every post. I may reference one or two verses, but I walk lightly. I mostly use the Psalms and Proverbs. A lot of verses have been weaponized.
You have brought great clarity to a difficult topic. I too struggle with writing about my faith and how scripture has been used to both bless and bludgeon. I love the Psalms for all the reasons you have expressed, but find the insights from Tara about Psalm 121 very helpful in remembering not all verses that have lifted me up and shown me the way provide the same response in others. Thank you, Emily for this thought provoking and beautiful post.
"Generous orthodoxy". The words in the Word are indeed true and life-giving, however, I concur with so many others (and you Emily!) that previous interpretations of much of the Bible caused harm and confusion. Not one of us gets it all correct. Thank you for putting words to what I have been discovering and leaning into.
There are so many spots in this essay where I was nodding my head and feeling the pace of my heart settle into a new rhythm. I'm sorry you have been on the receiving end of name-calling. It's amazing how many wars have been started because we read the same book, passage, or word and place the accent in different places. I love the ponderous way you approach the Psalms in Psalm Summer. Thank you for inviting us along on your stroll during the golden hour.
I have listened multiple times to you reading Psalm 1. So, so good. ❤️🙏🏻
Yes and amen. Generous orthodoxy -- so freeing.
“Here’s to being people who are always learning, who hold generous space for one another, and who refuse to yank a verse of Scripture out of context in order to win, one up, or shut down.”
Well said! The Rock on which we stand can hold all the tensions, nuances and questions of this world.
I loved this so very much, Emily. You articulated the shift that has happened for me in recent years too. Your writing blesses my life.
"... we don't actually know everything..." Yes and yes. That resonated with me.
I so deeply love Psalm summer. I truly look forward to the episodes each week.
I so relate to this! I have also limited how and when I share scripture because I don’t want to cheapen it by just flinging verses around without considering the context of the passage as well as the present situation. So in other words I’m more careful because of the high value I place on it. It’s called a sacred text for a reason and that reason has grown deeper for me over time.