Lectio Divina (Sacred Reading)
Lectio Divina is a method of slowing down and allowing the Holy Spirit to lead your reading of the Word. Read as if you have a love letter in your hand–you do! Allow the words which are weighty and meaningful to you now to sink into your soul, to feed your soul. Read each sentence thoughtfully and slowly. Be expectant. Expect God to address you with a personal message just for you, for your day. This has happened to me time and time again. Think: “what are you saying to me now?” Before you begin, pause, reflect on the goodness of God, and pray for this time with Him.
Here is a basic Lectio Divina form:
Read: Listen for the word or phrase that resonates for you. Let yourself be surprised if it is not a word or phrase you expected.
Reflect: Read the passage again slowly. How is my life touched by this word? Where am I in this story? Use all your five senses and imagination.
Respond: Is there an invitation for me to respond in some way> Read the passage again out loud and ask God to make you hear it afresh.
Rest: Read the passage again. During this reading, release your concerns. Return to a place of rest in God.
Resolve: How will you live out the Word of God you have just heard? Is there an image or picture from this Scripture that will help you remember it throughout the day?
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