Okay, raise your hand if you read from Genesis 1 and/or Matthew 1 today. Yeah, me too. Now raise your hand if you vowed that this year, finally, you will actually stay more or less on schedule with your daily readings and finish the whole Bible in one year. Again, me too.

I’m not big on resolutions, in January or any other time, but something about the expanse of clean white pages on the calendar beckons to me each year and makes me think, “Yes! THIS is the year I will meditate reflectively on Leviticus, write my own personally meaningful paraphrases of the Psalms, and research key words from the original Greek.”

Instead, I stay more or less on track through Israel’s slog to the promised land (which seems to make never-ending winter seem even longer) and the adventures of David only to lose steam in the summer and end the year hopelessly behind. (I’m still on August 25 for my 2006 schedule.)

I know that the point is not to check off daily readings but to actually spend time with God, and since that happened more often than not in 2006 I don’t feel particularly guilty about not finishing the whole thing. I do wish I could find a yearly reading plan that begins in Revelation and Malachi, though. It’s been a while since I’ve gotten to those.

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