Encouragement to Read

“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go”. - Dr. Seuss

Reading is an important part of life. Some comes quickly and is hardly noticed, signs, labels etc. Some may feel more like a chore, email (not this one of course!) or other work. Reading for pleasure, beyond what is required, or by happenstance can be missed if we are not intentional to include it in our lives. I have not always been a reader and still struggle to commit the time many days. Perhaps a bit of encouragement will help create the space for more reading.

Reading scripture guides us toward a deeper relationship with God. Through scripture we can observe generations of people interacting with God. Over time, these stories help us to recognize God's wisdom and grace in new ways. While I favor holding a Bible in my hands, I have several favorites, I find myself reading scripture from my phone a lot too. Recently I have rediscovered the "You Version" Bible app. It offers hundreds of translations, various reading plans, as well as other means of encouragement. You can use this app across several devices, making it easier to keep up with reading the Bible daily.

Reading other books about scripture and about faith is also helpful as we seek to follow Christ. Ascension is blessed with a lending library, it is in the office across from the conference room. There are many great titles that can be borrowed freely. Some of these came from past book studies, so several members will have read them; others may be less known. If you are interested in seeing what is available, you can ask the clergy or vestry about access on a Sunday, or stop by during the week while the office is open. May our collective reading guide us ever more toward Christ.

Blessings -
Fr. Paul