I’d like to issue a challenge as we move in to 2013. It is simply this: to make like a fish and swallow a prophet. Choose for yourself one of the prophetic books of the Hebrew Bible. Then read, mark, learn, and inwardly digest it. Then repeat, and repeat, until the words flow with your blood and melt into your marrow. This is no three day exercise, followed by a sanctified regurgitation. This prophet will make your body his home, live in you, pray in you, shape you. I’d suggest one the so-called Minor Prophets, only because the brevity of their literary heritage allows one to absorb it wholly. I’m still deliberating, but right now I’m leaning toward Zephaniah. Whom shall you choose? Whichever prophet it is, when the Lord casts him into your sea, swim to him and swallow. Who knows, perhaps the storms around you may even subside.