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What to Do with February 29?

You won’t find today, February 29, on most Bible reading plans. If you’re reading through the Bible in a year, what are you going to read today?

Some people break up the readings—they read half of the reading for March 1 on February 29, and they read the other half on the following day. If you’re behind on your readings, why not use this extra day to catch up? Or use the day to start anew.

Others treat the day as a special “jubilee” day:

Fortunately for me, February 29th falls on a Friday this year, which is my normal day off from my secular job. As a result, I can devote that day to the Lord’s glory as a “Day of Jubilee”. The current plan (subject to change) is to engage in the following readings:

The entire Gospel of John. Psalms 22, 23, and 24. (The trilogy of Suffering Servant, Good Shepherd, and Glorious King.) Isaiah 53.

As you can see, this plan is fully Christocentric. It is my prayer that Christ be at the center of my life, not only on February 29th, but each and every day.

You could try a different reading plan for the day. The Book of Common Prayer Daily Office, which follows the liturgical calendar, has no problem with February 29. Daily Light also has readings specifically for February 29.

You may want to do something else—it’s up to you. But as with every day, do something to glorify God today.

February 29, 2008 | Posted in: ESV,General | Author: Crossway Staff @ 9:02 am | (2) Comments »

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  1. I will not miss the opportunity to blog on a day that only occurs every four years. So if I fail to post something substantial later today, Happy Leap Day! In the meantime, the ESV Bible Blog recommends what to do if your Bible reading…

    Trackback by Happy Leap Day Bible Reading — February 29, 2008 @ 12:05 pm

  2. I was surprised to find that my blog was featured on the ESV Bible Blog today, referencing my plans for February 29 Bible Reading. As you may know, I needed to modify my original plans, and now I want to update you as to what actually…

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