The Jonah Project

I love the story of Jonah. In the summer of 2013, while backpacking with my family in the backcountry of Yosemite National Park, our son Thomas asked me about my progress in memorizing the Book of Jonah, a mere 48 verses. He challenged me to get it completely memorized within a year. So, I committed myself to begin what I call “The Jonah Project.” That year, beginning on the first Monday of Advent, in early December 2013, I took time every week, for 52 weeks, meditatively reading the Book of Jonah, one verse a week, reflected upon Jonah’s journey in writing. The Jonah Project explores the ancient world of Jonah, across 52 weeks, a verse a week, journeying with the prophet Jonah into the compassionate, fruitful heart of God.

Jonah Project 28

Jonah 2:10 And the Lord commanded the fish, and it vomited Jonah onto dry land. I find this verse one ...
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Jonah 2:9 But I, with shouts of grateful praise, will sacrifice to you.What I have vowed I will make good ...
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Jonah 2:8Those who cling to worthless idolsturn away from God’s love for them. Though I’ve never watched an episode of ...
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Jonah 2:7 When my life was ebbing away, I remembered you, Lord,and my prayer rose to you, to your holy ...
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Jonah 2:6 To the roots of the mountains I sank down; the earth beneath barred me in forever.But you, Lord ...
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Jonah 2:5 The engulfing waters threatened me, the deep surrounded me; seaweed was wrapped around my head. In Jonah’s prayer ...
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Jonah 2:4 I said, ‘I have been banished from your sight;yet I will look again toward your holy temple.’ Our ...
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Jonah Project Week 21

Jonah 2:3 You hurled me into the depths, into the very heart of the seas, and the currents swirled about ...
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Jonah Project Week 20

Jonah 2:2 Jonah said: “In my distress I called to the Lord, and he answered me. From deep in the ...
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Jonah Project Week 19

Jonah 2:1 From inside the fish Jonah prayed to the Lord his God. Where do you go “inside” to pray? ...
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Jonah Project Week 18

Jonah Project Week 18O Lord, you have done as it pleased you. This Jonah Project reflects upon one verse per ...
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Jonah Project Week 17

Jonah 1:17 Now the Lord provided a huge fish to swallow Jonah, and Jonah was in the belly of the ...
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Jonah Project Week 16

Jonah 1:16 At this the men greatly feared the Lord, and they offered a sacrifice to the Lord and made ...
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Jonah Project Week 15

Jonah 1:15 Then they took Jonah and threw him overboard, and the raging sea grew calm. One of the games ...
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Jonah Project Week 14

Jonah 1:14 Then [the sailors] cried out to the Lord, “Please, Lord, do not let us die for taking this ...
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Jonah Project Week 13

Jonah 1:13 Instead, the men did their best to row back to land. But they could not, for the sea ...
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Jonah Project Week 12

Jonah 1:12 “Pick me up and throw me into the sea,” he replied, “and it will become calm. I know ...
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Jonah Project Week 11

Jonah 1:11 The sea was getting rougher and rougher. So they asked him, “What should we do to you to ...
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Jonah Project Week 10

Jonah 1:10 This terrified them and they asked, “What have you done?” (They knew he was running away from the ...
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Jonah Project Week 9

Jonah 1:9 Jonah answered, “I am a Hebrew and I worship the Lord, the God of heaven, who made the ...
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Jonah Project Week 8

Jonah 1:8 So [the sailors] asked him, “Tell us, who is responsible for making all this trouble for us? What ...
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Jonah Project Week 7

Jonah 1:7 Then the sailors said to each other, “Come, let us cast lots to find out who is responsible ...
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Jonah Project Week 6

Jonah 1:6 The captain went to him and said, “How can you sleep? Get up and call on your god! ...
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Jonah Project Week 5

Jonah 1:5 All the sailors were afraid and each cried out to his own god. And they threw the cargo ...
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