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Lydia Sheldon

Lydia Sheldon is a Scripture Engagement Writer at American Bible Society. She is a graduate of Gordon College (B.A.) and University of Pennsylvania (M.S.Ed.). Lydia has lived and worked in New Jersey, Massachusetts, Thailand, and Philadelphia. She loves the Adirondacks, George Eliot, and falafel.

Unveiling the Glorious Spectacle of the Gospel
August 27th, 2018

Unveiling the Glorious Spectacle of the Gospel

Lydia Sheldon

Last May, the fashion world’s interpretation of the divine promenaded up the steps of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. Bearded prophets and winged angels ornamented a singer’s gown. Celebrities balanced golden halos and sported embroidered crosses. Sarah Jessica Parker propped a Dolce & Gabbana nativity scene ...

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The Unexpected Delight of Listening to the Bible
July 2nd, 2018

The Unexpected Delight of Listening to the Bible

Lydia Sheldon

I used to read my Bible every morning with a cup of coffee and a journal full of notes and prayers—a scene worthy of Instagram. That habit of consistent Bible study filled my heart with God’s voice. But I’m not there right now. After a ...

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Turn to Scripture to Learn How to Pray
June 18th, 2018

Turn to Scripture to Learn How to Pray

Lydia Sheldon

I went to bed last night in that oh-so-familiar pre-bed state. You know the one. Contrary to every health guru blogger, doctor, and grandmother’s advice, I did not wind down. There was no long bath with salts, no cello music drifting through lavender oil-scented air. Light glared from bulbs ...

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How to Pray Before You Read the Bible
March 12th, 2018

How to Pray Before You Read the Bible

Lydia Sheldon

When I first started reading the Bible regularly, I read in energetic bursts. I read because I felt I needed to. It seemed that every few verses, God was speaking to me. I would press my finger to the page, running it over a line of text, as if ...

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This Advent Pray for Jesus to Come Quickly
December 18th, 2017

This Advent Pray for Jesus to Come Quickly

Lydia Sheldon

The year has been dark. As I write this, the headlines announce that someone has driven a truck into a group of pedestrians, killing eight people. Hurricanes, fires, war, refugees, political turmoil—a succession of loss. Haunting photos capture the starvation of children besieged from within and without the ...

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How to Pray the Psalms During Advent
December 11th, 2017

How to Pray the Psalms During Advent

Lydia Sheldon

The season of Advent in the church calendar marks the days leading up to our celebration of Jesus’s birth. During this time, churches and individuals await Jesus’s coming and coming again. It is rife with anticipation, preparation, and expectation. Follow this three-part series to enrich your Advent ...

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Advent: How to Find God in the Holiday Bustle
December 4th, 2017

Advent: How to Find God in the Holiday Bustle

Lydia Sheldon

The season of Advent in the church calendar marks the days leading up to our celebration of Jesus’s birth. During this time, churches and individuals await Jesus’s coming and coming again. It is rife with anticipation, preparation, and expectation. Follow this three-part series  to enrich your Advent season ...

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How to Sustain an Ongoing Conversation with God
November 6th, 2017

How to Sustain an Ongoing Conversation with God

Lydia Sheldon

Recently I lamented to a friend that even though I want to memorize Bible verses, I can’t work up the willpower to do it. I don’t understand this disconnect in myself, because the times that I’ve intentionally worked on memorizing a passage of Scripture, I’ve experienced ...

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