Praying the ScripturesNew Every Morning | May 24, 2023
Lectio Divina, praying the scriptures, has been a significant part of spiritual formation from early in Christian history. … Lectio means “reading”; and divina, “holy word.” Thus lectio divina means reading the holy Word or holy reading. While Christians take scripture seriously, we may not have been taught the simple process of reading scripture, lingering over it, and listening for direct inspiration from the text. Dietrich Bonhoeffer wrote eloquently of our need for daily meditation on scripture.
—Dwight H. Judy, A Quiet Pentecost: Inviting the Spirit into Congregational Life (Upper Room Books, 2013)
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Happy are those
who do not follow the advice of the wicked
or take the path that sinners tread
or sit in the seat of scoffers,
but their delight is in the law of the Lord,
and on his law they meditate day and night.
—Psalm 1:1-2 (NRSV)
Prayer for the Week
Our Father, who art in heaven,
hallowed be thy name.
Thy kingdom come,
thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and
the glory, forever. Amen.
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(Courtesy of Vanderbilt Divinity Library)
Day of Pentecost
- Acts 2:1-21 or Numbers 11:24-30
- Psalm 104:24-34, 35b
- 1 Corinthians 12:3b-13
- John 20:19-23 or 7:37-39
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Yesterday was a busy day and my quiet time didn’t happen. So I read yesterday’s reading first. I try to show compassion to others and God gave me an opportunity yesterday. My friend Audrey and I hav been talking about seed-sowing: this is what Audrey calls investing in others for God, or in God’s work. She showed a seed with me to help build my business and I sowed one yesterday with a new friend who needed gas for her vehicle. We don’t have much money, but I felt God direct me to help my friend.
I have practiced Lectio Divina in the past. I had an appointment with my therapist yesterday and afterword, we talked a little about spiritual practices and changing things up to keep time with God fresh. So I think I’ll pick up Lectio Divina again.
My Dixie is much better. I think she had a tummy upset. She is back to her old self, eating well, chasing the other kitties, and sitting in our lap.
2 months since we said goodbye to Lewis and 3 since we said goodbye to Scout Finch and my mama’s kitty, Kissaboo. They are much missed, but we are thankful for our kitties still with us and the love and joy they bring.
I don’t practice “guided” Lectio Divina – listening to another read Scripture. I don’t tend to read out loud, but will prayerfully move through Psalms and a few other treasured passages in Colossians and Ephesians.
The weather here is just gorgeous and I am going to take a walk during my lunch time. I have a tennis match later this evening. Carpooling up with some other team members. One of the players – her mom sang at my mom’s funeral.
Exams are ready to go at school, for my underclassmen. One exam is Friday morning, the other a week from today. Should easily be able to get these graded and entered into the computer.
Ally – glad to hear that Dixie is doing better. My Mugi got sick after I got home from school yesterday – it was right after she ate. But, she was flying around the house, window to window, with her brother not that much later. She had treats before bed and was eating well this morning. These two are my joys – I love seeing them in the window when I arrive home. There playfulness is so entertaining. I love them so much and am so grateful for them.
Have done lectio Divina. It’s good, but haven’t done it in a while
An early morning walk in the woods, bugs out. Then a walk with Russ at Lowe’s. Some shopping. Then lunch. Did the final leveling on the dishwasher ,
and now am running the shake down test. So far
Good news about cats is always welcome. They are just wonderful to have in a home.
Partly cloudy, then cloudy, darkening clouds and rain coming around 3..
Thankful for the blessings of the day.