Today was a special day. Or I should say, tonight was epic. I’ve been watching my kids solo for the past few days since my wife is in New York for a funeral. It’s been lots of laundry, dishes, cooking, poopy diapers, pee pee accidents, crying, and also laughing, tackling, tickling, trains, movies (Up and Ratatoille are superb)…
But I need a break. So I gave myself one. The kids were bathed, put to bed, I called my wife, finished the dishes, and then prepared some “fuel” (let the reader understand).
My plan? Read all of Galatians in the span of three hours.
2025-2100 – Galatians 1–2 (Greek)
2120-2200 – Galatians 3–4 (Greek)
2210-2245 – Galatians 5–6 (Greek)
This was one of the most thoroughly devotional sessions yet. Why? Probably because I was intentional about following the flow of Paul’s argument throughout the reading. The benefit of reading one entire letter in a sitting (with short breaks to save my eyes and recharge) was that I could trace Paul’s argument, understand why he made transitions at various points, recall repeated uses of various terms and similar expressions, etc.
To sum up my thoughts on reading Galatians once through in the Greek, I repeat here what I posted on my Twitter account:
Paul’s emotions drip like warm maple syrup from the pages in Galatians. I want to put my arm around his shoulder and weep softly with him.