[T]o know the way wherein I should walk; for I lift up my soul unto thee. – Psalm 143:8

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I love the repeated Biblical image of walking. It’s step-by-step, in a rhythm that allows us to observe and reflect as we go. It even seems to get into a pace with the heartbeat.

At some point in walking, we find ourselves no longer looking at our feet but looking up and out. That’s when we begin to notice others.

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It is safe to say that few Quakers view Scripture as “the Law.” The texts are too rich and lively for that! Instead, we are free to question, to argue, and to challenge the texts as we dig for the meat inside the shell. For me, this has often taken the form of Godwrestling, drawn from a radical Jewish movement that meets in its members’ homes, where children and adults jointly “wrestle” with a passage, opening asking “What if instead? Maybe the dream was interpreted incorrectly!”

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Because there are many valid ways to read the Bible. Because of this, too, no one will ever understand this library fully. (And stay clear of the person who claims to!) In other words, this is a book we can come to at each stage of our lives and still discover fresh insights and inspiration. Ours is a living faith, with a living God. So we grow.

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So walk and look about. As if you were walking on air.

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Now since God himself is said in Scripture to dwell and walk in his People, why should it be thought arrogant for them to say, Christ in them is the Hope of their Glory? (Elizabeth Bathurst, 1655?-1685)

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