I had the privilege of speaking at Lewis University in November on the topic of Scripture. Frankly, I was a bit nervous about preparing this talk, as I do not have any formal seminary training to make me a scholarly expert. But, as I prayed and reflected, I realized two important things:
I had fun sharing some of my story about how I became a “lover of Scripture” and how I continued that journey by learning more and more about studying the Bible.
I really wanted to lead the group in some kind of experience with Scripture, and so I decided to experiment with lectio divina (which is Latin for “sacred reading”), an ancient Scripture-meditation technique practiced by monks, which is now coming back into widespread practice with the growth of spiritual direction and spiritual formation studies.
I was able to piece together some instructions through gleaning some information from a handout my church has been using to encourage lectio divina in our congregation, an article on the PC(USA) website, plus some of my own creative ideas. Below, you’ll find a guide to help you encounter God through Scripture meditation that can be used with a group or by yourself. Enjoy!
Prepare yourself for prayer physically.
Read your selected passage several times, each time followed by a time of silence lasting 1-2 minutes.
1. For this first reading:
2. Read the passage a second time, and this time:
3. Read the passage a third time, and this time:
4. Read the passage one last time, and this time:
5. Pray to complete the time of silence.
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