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A Wind Swept Over the Waters

A Wind Swept Over the Waters

Reflections on Sixty Favorite Bible Passages

Author: John Nichols

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Well-known and beloved verses from the Old and New Testaments, plus reflections on how these passages speak to our daily lives.
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A Wind from God Swept Over the Face of the Waters, GEN. 1:1-5

Indeed, It Was Very Good, GEN. 1:29-31

You Must Master It, GEN. 4:2-7

I Will Not Let You Go Unless You Bless Me, GEN. 32:22-28

I Am Who I Am, EXOD. 3:7-14

You Shall Not Make for Yourself an Idol, EXOD. 20:1-7

Remember the Sabbath Day, and Keep It Holy, EXOD. 20:8-11

Honor Your Father and Mother, EXOD. 20:12

Choose Life, DEUT. 30:11-14, 19

A Still Small Voice, 1 KINGS 19:11-13

Why, O Lord, Do You Stand Far Off? PS. 10:1-4

Day to Day Pours Forth Speech, PS. 19:1-4

Even Though I Walk Through the Darkest Valley, PS. 23

The Net and the Rock, PS. 25:15-18 AND PS. 28:1-2

What Is the Measure of My Days, PS. 39:4-7

Be Still and Know that I Am God, PS. 46:10

You Make the Gateways of the Morning and the Evening Shout for Joy, PS. 65:8-13

O Sing to the Lord a New Song, PS. 96:1-4

It Is He that Made Us and Not We Ourselves, PS. 100

I Lift Up My Eyes to the Hills-From Where Will My Help Come? PS. 121

How Could We Sing the Lord's Song in a Foreign Land? PS. 137:1-4

I Am Fearfully and Wonderfully Made, PS. 139:14-18

The Fear of the Lord Is the Beginning of Wisdom, PROV. 9:10

Vanity of Vanities! All Is Vanity, ECCLES. 1:2-6

For Everything There Is a Season, ECCLES. 3:1-8

For Love Is Strong as Death, SONG OF SOL. 8:6-7

Here Am I; Send Me! ISA. 6:1-8

And Shall Name Him Immanuel, ISA. 7:10-14

The People Who Walked in Darkness Have Seen a Great Light, ISA. 9:2-4, 6

Those Who Wait for the Lord, ISA. 40:28-31

I Am About to Do a New Thing, ISA. 43:18-21

Into the Wilderness, MATT. 4:1-11

Blessed Are the Poor in Spirit, MATT. 5:1-8

Be Perfect, as Your Heavenly Father Is Perfect, MATT. 5:38-48

No One Can Serve Two Masters, MATT. 6:19-27

Do Not Judge, MATT. 7:1-5, 7-9

Do to Others as You Would Have Them Do to You, MATT. 7:12-20

Great Is Your Faith, MATT. 15:21-28

How Can One Feed These People with Bread? MARK 8:1-9

Do Not Be Afraid, LUKE 2:8-14

Mary Treasured All These Words and Pondered Them in Her Heart, LUKE 2:15-19

It Is to Such as These that the Kingdom of God Belongs, LUKE 18:15-17

Why Do You Look for the Living Among the Dead? LUKE 24:1-5

And the Darkness Did Not Overcome It, JOHN 1:1-5

As the Spirit Gave Them Ability, ACTS 2:1-13

I Do Not Do the Good I Want, but the Evil I Do Not Want is What I Do, ROM. 7:15-19, 21-24

Do Not Be Conformed to This World, ROM. 12:1-2, 9-21

There Are Varieties of Gifts, 1 COR. 12:4-1

The Greatest of These Is Love, 1 COR. 13:1-13

Be Angry but Do Not Sin, EPH. 4:22-29

The Assurance of Things Hoped For, HEB. 10:32-36, 11:1-3

Strangers and Pilgrims, HEB. 11:13-16

Entertaining Angels Without Knowing It, HEB. 13:1-6

Faith Without Works Is Dead, JAMES 2:14-20

The Parable of the Laborers in the Vineyard, MATT. 20:1-16

The Parable of the Sower of Seeds, LUKE 8:4-8

The Parable of the Good Samaritan, LUKE 10:25-37

The Parable of the Man Who Threw a Banquet, LUKE 14:16-23

The Parable of the Prodigal Son, LUKE 15:11-32

The Parable of the Pharisee and the Tax Collector, LUKE 18:9-14

Like Cain, we have sometimes felt unappreciated and abused. Like Jacob, we have wrestled with our angels. Like the elder son, we have resented what felt like the undeserved good fortune of others. These passages link us with a world of fellow pilgrims as well as spiritual advisers who are part of our religious family.

"These short, deft, thoughtful essays reflect the reality of our lives and witness to 'a power in scripture that transcends theology.' Nichols sees God in a waterfall, a whisper, a hand, an unfair boss, insomnia, parties, catastrophes and a six-year old asking, 'Who's in charge here?'"

—Rev. Carl Scovel, author, Never Far from Home

"Nichols revitalizes well-known Bible passages and shows us how we can bring our own lens to these ancient teachings while avoiding the rote interpretations of orthodoxy. We are fortunate indeed to have this refreshing and provocative reading of our most precious religious text."

—Rev. Denis Meacham, First Parish, Brewster, Massachusetts

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