Maybe fasting isn't your thing, but you still think it might be a good idea to do something to spiritually prepare for Holy Week and Resurrection Sunday. Maybe you don't want to do anything that you would call "Lent" but Good Friday always seems to come up on you before you know it. You'd like to do something to put yourself into the right frame of heart to honor the day of our Lord's death on the cross, and his rising from the dead. After all, every Christian has to admit that those two days changed everything forever.
How about this: commit to read the Bible for the next 46 days. Not the whole thing, but some of it. Every day. How about focusing on the life of Jesus? Or perhaps read passage from a variety of books that survey the breadth of inspired writings about sin and repentance, judgment and grace, mortality and holiness. Maybe a couple chapters a day.
Does that sound good? If so, then I have a couple of suggestions.
First is a Bible reading plan I found on Biblegateway that was originally created by Central Presbyterian Church of Baltimore MD. This plan will help you read through all four of the gospel accounts of the life of Jesus in the next 46 days.
The second is a plan offered by the American Bible Society. This is one that samples scriptures from Genesis to The Revelation, giving you a good nugget to meditate on each day as you consider what it means to be a disciple of Jesus and this wild world.
Of course, if you are one of those overachievers, you could read one of these in the morning, and then the other in the evening. Either way, adding Bible reading to your Pre-Holy Day routine is a good thing. It might even become a habit. If so, its a pretty good habit.
I have made both of these available in printable .pdf documents for you so that you can download and print them right from here. Enjoy your time in God's word, and let me know how he blesses you over the next weeks.
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