September Lectio Divina Practice

September 1, 2015 by Jordan Congdon
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At the start of September, remember that the time spent in Lectio Divina is one that is set apart to be with God, to encounter God, and to hear from God - in particular, through the Scriptures.  So, as you follow these steps, do everything you can to fight the urge to study the passage - context, culture, others thoughts on it, etc.

Simply, “be still and know”, listening for the “still, small voice” of God.

Lectio Divina Steps

  1. Place yourself in a comfortable position and allow yourself to become silent – slow your breathing, calm your mind, and enjoy the silence for a few moments.

  2. Begin to read the text slowly – pay particular attention to any word or phrase that might jump out at you as you read.  

  3. Take the word or phrase and focus on it.  Repeat it to yourself and maybe even memorize it.  

  4. Speak to God using whatever means you like – write a poem, draw a picture, sit in silence listening, talk to God, or just do nothing.  Experience God by using the word or phrase from your reading.

  5. Rest in the silence and the reality that God is with you – that God has spoken to you, is speaking to you, and will speak to you.  

  6. Carry the word or phrase with you throughout the day (or the whole month) and allow it to transform the way you view yourself and others, and the way you interact with others in everything you do.

Following the passage of Scripture, you will find quotes and a closing prayer that are connected with the passage and the topic of God’s justice.  These can be used to further your contemplation of the passage.  When you are finished with your devotion time, we encourage you to use the prayer to set your mindset for the day, the week and the rest of the month.  Also, we would love to hear how God is speaking to you.

Scripture:
Matthew 6: 1-4


Watch out! Don’t do your good deeds publicly, to be admired by others, for you will lose the reward from your Father in heaven. When you give to someone in need, don’t do as the hypocrites do—blowing trumpets in the churches and places of worship and streets to call attention to their acts of charity! I tell you the truth, they have received all the reward they will ever get. But when you give to someone in need, don’t let your left hand know what your right hand is doing. Give your gifts in private, and your Father, who sees everything, will reward you.

Quotes:

“No one has ever become poor by giving.” ― Anne Frank

“Kindness in words creates confidence. Kindness in thinking creates profoundness. Kindness in giving creates love.” ― Lao Tzu

“I must be willing to give whatever it takes to do good to others. This requires that I be willing to give until it hurts. Otherwise, there is no true love in me, and I bring injustice, not peace, to those around me.” ― Mother Teresa

“Love your neighbor, even the ones who do not show you the same courtesy. You can’t expect to receive love if you’re selective and not really willing to give it. What you put into the world, you will indeed get back, even if it’s not from the person you’re expecting it to be.”                          ― Alexandra Elle, Words from a Wanderer

“We should show when tempted to hide, and hide when tempted to show.”   A.B. Bruce

Prayer:

“Lord, keep us from following the gods of pride, stubbornness, vanity, sloth, greed, and comfort that beckon for our allegiance every day. You brought us through the night watches, you who neither slumber nor sleep. We pray to follow you along the path of generosity, humility, and love throughout this day. Amen.”

Shane Claiborne, Common Prayer: A Liturgy for Ordinary Radicals

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