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Misplaced Instructions: Day 1

I gain understanding from your precepts; therefore I hate every wrong path. Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path. 
Psalm 119:104, 105


We meet on Thursday of most weeks. We are women of a certain age: wives, mothers, grandmothers. We come from diverse backgrounds: businesswomen, teachers, stay-at-homes, even a professional artist. We rotate houses: on sunny days we sit out on the porch and visit, on cold, rainy days we drink tea in front of a fire (and visit some more). We share life stories and prayer requests… and we study the Bible. 

What is even more amazing is that in our small group—there are only six of us—are represented five churches. Our common bond is the belief each of us holds regarding the authority and inerrancy of the Bible. The motivation for our get-togethers is our shared view that Scripture is the best commentary on Scripture and our impetus is to study with others of like-mind. 

Recently, our study of the opening chapters of Genesis brought us to the Bible’s first passage on marriage. As always, we did our homework and came together for discussion. This time though, several of us admitted to being surprised by an unmistakable feeling of grief as we studied verses we had heard all our lives. We realized that to really look at what these verses say and think through how far our culture—sadly, even the church—has come from God’s original good plan, is a shocking, saddening revelation. 

As the old saying goes, “It is better to light one candle than to curse the darkness.” This week I want to share with you some of the concepts we discovered (re-discovered?) in our study. Maybe you too will be grieved, but from that you may find new truth, even a new way forward. And if you think any of this is worth passing on, you might share with daughters, grand-daughters or friends, maybe over a cup of tea. 

Nancy Shirah

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