This week we learned the process of Lectio Divina, or “sacred reading” of the scriptures as a way to listen to God speaking to us. Take some time to practice this technique during the week, either alone or with close friends for deeper insight. Feel free to write down your reflections during the moments of meditation and prayer to help you track your progress.

All scripture can be engaged with through Lectio Divina, but some passages are more conducive than others for beginning your journey.

Consider starting with one of the following scriptures:

Luke 15:11-32

Psalm 139:1-18

1 John 1:5-10

Prepare: Invite the Holy Spirit to quiet your mind, body, and spirit.

It may take a little time of relinquishment to let go of preoccupation with past and future and be fully present. Welcome in your thoughts and feelings as they come, don’t chase them away.

Read: Slowly and deliberately read the passage, several times through.

Try not to analyze as you read, but let the words present you with their own emphasis.

Consider using a couple different translations.

Meditate: What is God saying to you through this text?

Meditation is the quiet submissive prayer of the mind and imagination; rather than "dissecting peace" in an analytical manner, you are trying to "enter peace” with Christ.

For you it may be that particular words stand out, you see a vision/image, or you recall a memory - welcome whatever comes to mind, trust it is from God.

Pray: Allow the scriptural revelation to guide your dialogue with God.

Use what has been illuminated to you by reading and meditating on the passage to form a prayer to God for deeper understanding and growth.

Contemplate: Rest in the gift of God’s loving presence to you.

Contemplation is silent prayer of the heart at rest - simply being with God where no words are necessary. Receive the truth that you are His beloved. You may find an “anchor word” or phrase or image from the reading that helps center you when you start to drift.