This will accomplish two things: 1. It will provide for a cleaner, more easily readable blogpost each day. And 2. It will offer the option of using the daily devotional without doing the Lectio, if that is something you prefer.
The Four Movements of Lectio Divina ("Sacred Reading")
I know Lectio Divina can seem overwhelming if you've never tried it before. And really, the gist of it is in those descriptive titles for each movement: Read, Meditate, Pray, Contemplate. Begin with some deep breaths, quieting yourself, perhaps lighting a candle. Know that you are bathed in the love of God, who delights to meet you in all places, and especially in your opening scripture. Know, too, that you don't have to make a lengthy investment in this process for it to "work." If you have just 15 minutes this evening, that's fine. If you have longer, that's fine, too. Now, let's begin.
1. Lectio: Reading. Read a short passage of scripture. Feel free to:
- Read until a particular word of phrase strikes you. ("If God comes in the first verse, why go on to the next?")
- Read the entire passage.
- What did it mean to the people for whom it was first written?
- What does it mean to or for me today?
- What does it mean to or for us, the community of God's people, today?
4. Contemplatio: Contemplation. This is the moment when you let go of words, images, wrestling, and wondering, and simply give yourself up to love. This is the celebration. Rest in God's love.