The spiritual practice of sacred reading of the scriptures is called Lectio Divina – a holy reading of the Bible slowly, savoring it, and enjoying it with the Lord. 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.
That is how I feel so often.
Does God knew how I feel?
But this verse tells me to find rest in God alone.
I will never find rest, the peace I deeply yearn in my pity party.
Never attain the comfort I desire in food and numbing wasteland of the television.
Never acquire the hope and encouragement to lighten my weariness in things of this world.
In God alone.
He is the answer
He alone is my rock, my help, my strength, my protection.
Everything I am
Everything I do
Everything I will become
Rests in God alone.
In God alone.