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Thursday, April 23

Today’s Readings: Psalm 58; Daniel 2:31-49; Luke 24:1-12; Colossians 2:8-23; Psalm 49

Featured Reading:
Daniel 2:31-49

As I read today’s story from Daniel, I was instantly reminded me of another story in the Hebrew Scriptures: the story about Joseph interpreting the Pharaoh’s dream in Genesis. In both stories we hear about how people of faith played a vital role in helping others interpret an aspect of their experience. In both Joseph and Daniel’s case, their interpretive ability involved interpreting dreams. Daniel’s story today got me to thinking about the way our faith can provide us with an important interpretive lens on the world – a lens that helps us see other dimensions to the events unfolding all around us. On Earth Day yesterday, for example, I couldn’t help but think how our faith should have provided us with a lens about how we should have been treating the planet if only we had taken God’s charge to humanity seriously (“The Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it [emphasis added]” – Genesis 2:15 from the New International Version). Sadly, many of us people of faith lost sight of this charge and failed to care for God’s creation; hence, the global environmental crisis we face. Of course this is just one of many examples of how our faith can provide us with an interpretive lens. While the interpretive lens of your faith might not express itself the same way Joseph and Daniel’s lenses did, today I would ask you to examine your life and consider in what ways your faith provides you with a valuable interpretive lens that can give those in your world much needed insight into the world around them. Til next time…

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