Lectio Divina – a holy reading of the Bible slowly, savoring it, and enjoying it with the Lord – is the spiritual practice of sacred reading of the scriptures. The intention is not to learn or gain information but to deepen our relationship with God. St Benedict encourages us to “to listen with the ear of our hearts.”
Join me once a week for Lectio Divina. I will share a verse and a word that spoke to my heart. Read and listen to the verses here. And gently ask God for a word or phrase that speaks to your heart for that day – that is what lectio means. Once we find that gift, we hold it, meditate, and savor its meaning. This step is called meditation.
Then offer that word back to God in prayer or the third step of oratio. In prayer we allow our real selves to be touched and changed by the word of God.
Finally, we simply rest in the presence of the One who has used His word as a means of inviting us to accept His transforming embrace. No one who has ever been in love needs to be reminded that there are moments in loving relationships when words are unnecessary.
Come into the presence of the Lord.
God tells me he is sufficient.
“I am enough. “ he whispers.
What else could I want or need?
God alone will satisfy my every hunger,
My every thirst
My every desire.
When I am afraid, God alone hold buckets of courage for me
When I am lonely, God alone reaches out in a deep never ending friendship
When I am anxious, God alone annoints me with an endless supply of peace.
Reminds me of the saying from St. Teresa of Avila:
Let nothing scare you.
All is fleeting.
God alone is unchanging.
Who possesses God
God alone suffices.
We are like pieces of a broken puzzle – unfinished without God. God alone completes the grand portrait.
We shiver in frightening weakness; He wraps his mighty arms around us and remains with us with his strength.
We lag behind: He surges ahead.
What we lack, he shares in his abundance.
God alone is enough