Do sheep really know their shepherd’s voice? How often does a grapevine need to be pruned? What does it mean when a land is overflowing with milk and honey?
As an urban, 21st century American, these were the questions author Margaret Feinberg asked herself as she sought to understand passages in the Bible that were based on these essential parts of biblical life. She’ll share the answers she found at Chapel by the Lake’s annual Renewal by the Lake which begins Friday.
In order to gain insight into the spiritual meaning of these scriptures, Feinberg set out to learn about the literal meaning behind them. She spent time with a shepherdess from Oregon, a vintner in California and a beekeeper in Colorado. This journey lead to the book “Scouting the Divine: My Search for God in Wine, Wool and Wild Honey” (October 2009, Zondervan).
An accomplished author, Feinberg had already written a number of books on spiritual and self-discovery, including “The Sacred Echo” (2008), “The Organic God” (2007), and “What the Heck Am I Going to Do With My Life?” (2006). In “Scouting the Divine,” one of the lessons Feinberg learned was what it means to be a good shepherd.
“I watched firsthand as a flock followed their leader with complete trust to places they otherwise might not go,” said Feinberg.
She calls the book an intentional search for spiritual things that can be directly experienced through the senses, and hopes it will spark inspiration in others to undertake a similar journey.
Feinberg will share her experiences researching “Scouting the Divine” and the new meaning she found in relevant passages from the Old and New Testament at 6:30 p.m. Friday through March 6 at Chapel by the Lake in Auke Bay, and at the 9 a.m. and 11:15 a.m. services on March 6. A church-hosted community dinner will be served at 5 p.m. on Saturday night, and refreshments will be available after the services on Friday and Sunday evenings.
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