Jerry and I recently had the privilege of being invited to the book launch of She Reads Truth at the Franklin Theater. One reason this was so special is that one of the authors, Raechel Myers, is the daughter of my dear friend, Susan. But as the evening went on what became apparent, and even the bigger blessing, is the reason the book came to be.
Raechel Myers and Amanda Bible Williams—yes, Bible is her maiden name—in 2012 started reading God’s Word everyday with a group of strangers. They stayed connected with the hashtag #SheReadsTruth. From that came the website, followed by the app, and to quote, “the movement continues to grow. Today, hundreds of thousands of women gather online to open our Bibles together and find Jesus there.”¹
So why am I telling you about this? Whenever I see my friend, Pam—in this hectic, spinning- off-its-axis world is less than we would both like it to be—and ask her how she is, many times with a wide-eyed beautiful grin that conveys mischief mixed with a hint of feigned panic, her answer is, “I’m peddling faster and faster.” And don’t most of us feel that way? As Jerry says, “We go from one thing to another. We end something to only begin again. It just doesn’t stop.”
And so the cycle continues. We move from job, to family, to recreation, to church, to job, to family, to recreation, to church, on and on doing the wants and needs of life over and again. Running at such an exhausting pace makes us feel we are about to be flung into oblivion by the centrifugal force of how fast our worlds are moving.
But Jesus calls us to rest. To rest from the craziness, to rest from the frantic, to rest in the cradle of His Promises, to rest in Him. That’s why She Reads Truth is such a blessing. It is a gathering place to meet, to talk, and to be quiet as we read His Word, together. Drinking in truth. Refreshing our hearts.
Psalm 23 is so familiar that it is often not seen; its words washing over us without being heard. I pray we all read it today anew.
The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.
He makes me lie down in green pastures.
He leads me beside waters of rest
He restores my soul.
He leads me in paths of righteousness
for his name’s sake.
Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil,
for you are with me;
your rod and your staff,
they comfort me.
You prepare a table before me
in the presence of my enemies;
you anoint my head with oil;
my cup overflows.
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me
all the days of my life,
and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord
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¹Myers, Raechel. She Reads Truth. [Place of publication not identified]: B & H Books, 2016. Print.