This week, Upper Room Daily Reflections features excerpts from One Breath at a Time by J. Dana Trent.
A DEVOTIONAL MEDITATION practice is one that focuses on God through adoration—love and respect—as well as gratitude, reverence, and veneration. We already practice devotion to God through our worship experiences in our own faith communities. Devotional meditation uses scripture, prayer, mantras, hymns, and Taizé songs to offer humble obeisance to God.
Why do we need a devotional meditation practice? Because most of our thoughts and actions revolve around us. Devotion helps us recalibrate ourselves toward God, who is our rightful Center. It helps us engage in the contemplative practice of theoria (“gazing”). When God is our North Star, we can more easily calm our minds and draw nearer to our Creator. In doing so, we become attuned to God’s voice and will for our lives. There’s no shortage of ways to do this, but here are some examples of devotional meditation.
—J. Dana Trent
One Breath at a Time: A Skeptic’s Guide to Christian Meditation
From page 82 of One Breath at a Time: A Skeptic’s Guide to Christian Meditation by J. Dana Trent. Copyright © 2018 by The Upper Room. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Upper Room Books. Learn more about or purchase this book.
What does it mean to be devoted? Share your thoughts.
You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength.’
—Mark 12:30, NRSV
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