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Some years ago, I noticed that certain verses and even brief phrases seemed to stand out from Bible passages I read during my daily devotions.  I found myself thinking about, meditating on, "ruminating" the words throughout the day.  It amused me to picture myself "chewing my cud."  I shouldn't have been surprised.  The Bible does say "we are his people, the sheep of his pasture" (Psalm 100:3b, NIV), and sheep chew a cud.

Other pictures came to mind: a baseball player as he chewed a wad of bubble gum; an old codger with a chaw of tobacco tucked in one cheek.  The more delicate expression would be in reference to Mary, the mother of Jesus.  Of her the Scriptures record: "But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart" (Luke 2:19, NIV).  The meaning is the same.

"You thrill to God's Word, you chew on Scripture day and night" (Psalm 1:2-3, The Message).

So was born my daily wad.  I wrote the phrases on cards, thought about the words throughout the day, and shared them with others as opportunity presented itself.  I was blessed, others were blessed.  My prayer is that you will be blessed as you read, ruminate, and are refreshed by The Daily Wad.

Paul I. Anderson, 2012

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