Meditating on God’s Word

Lectio Divina means “Divine Reading” in Latin. It is an ancient form of praying that helps us slow down so we are able to hear God’s voice through all of life. There are four movements in Lectio Divina. These movements are the necessarily linear but touchstones to God's presence. They are points to begin prayer. You may begin anywhere--Lectio, Meditatio, Oratio, or Contemplatio--go where God is for you.

Lectio-Reading

Select a scripture to meditate on, maybe one listed in a devotional book or from the scripture references of the day. Take a moment to familiarize yourself with the passage. Slowly read each line, stopping when a word or phrase attracts you. The intent is not to get to the end of the passage but to the word through which God touches you now. You may not have a strong awareness of feeling what this word or phrase might be. Sometimes a word may attract you only faintly, stay with it, gently holding it in your heart. If God is present here in your prayer, stay in the stillness.

Meditatio-Meditation

The next movement is reflective meditation. Think about the word or phrase. Do not try to force a meaning. This may not be clear. A meaning may emerge, sometimes over a period of time, as God forms and shapes the word within you. Trust God and remain open to His Spirit. Do not hurry or rush through the process. Remain at this step until you feel nudged to go on to either a vocal expression or deeper into quiet contemplation.

Oratio-Prayer

This movement is a form of active prayer. Respond to God with what is on your heart. Express to God your thoughts and feelings. Ask God for continued openness to His word in your life.

Contemplatio-Contemplation

This movement is all about quiet presence, simply resting in God—Father, Son and Holy Spirit. 


Scriptures

Col. 3:12-15 Be clothed in heartfelt compassion….

Luke 14:7-11 Places of honor…..

Gal. 2:19-21 Christ living in me….

Psalm 127:1-2 The Lord builds the house….

Eph. 6:10-20 Grow strong in the Lord….

John 13:33-35 By your love for one another….

Exodus 3:7-8 I have seen the misery of my people….

Luke 6:20-26 Blessed are the poor….

or select a scripture passage from Morning or Evening Prayer to linger with a little longer.

 

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