When the Bible Changes

By Beth Demme

1 Peter 5 7

Over time, some Bible verses seem to take on new meaning for me. Maybe you’ve experienced this, too? I can read a verse and think it means one thing, but when I read it again later it has an additional meaning. Or, a verse that didn’t seem meaningful to me suddenly offers a profound insight into my own heart and mind.

This happened recently with 1 Peter 5.

I have had a special, personal connection to 1 Peter 5:7 since I was 13 years old.

When I was 13, I chose to affirm my baptism through the rite of Confirmation in the ELCA (Evangelical Lutheran Church in America). I think for my classmates it was something their parents wanted them to do, no big deal, just another church thing. But, for me, it was something more. It felt important, even necessary.

How to Write a Spiritual Autobiography

By Beth Demme

Woman writing in journal

A Spiritual Autobiography is the story of your own life and how God has been present in it. It can include your journey in, and out of, organized religion and all things spiritual.

Writing your Spiritual Autobiography is an opportunity to identify specific experiences of God and to reflect on how those experiences have impacted you.

It’s basically the story of your personal journey with God.

Since 2013, I’ve been enrolled in Sewanee University’s Education for Ministry program. We start each year by sharing our Spiritual Autobiographies. We don’t share our entire life stories, we each take about ten minutes and share a summary of how God has been at work in our lives through the years.