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: “As a Christian I learn to know Holy Scripture only by hearing sermons and by meditating prayerfully.”
One of the most powerful ways to learn to pray is to begin with the Bible—reading a few verses, listening for an image or message that speaks directly to us, and then prayerfully seeking to apply it to our lives. We are listening for God’s Word or message of inspiration, exhortation, or guidance for our lives.
—Dwight H. Judy
A Quiet Pentecost: Inviting the Spirit into Congregational Life
From page 19 of A Quiet Pentecost: Inviting the Spirit into Congregational Life by Dwight H. Judy. Copyright © 2013 by The Upper Room. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Upper Room Books. Learn more about or purchase this book.
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Indeed, the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing until it divides soul from spirit, joints from marrow; it is able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart.
—Hebrews 4:12, NRSV
Prayer for the Week
Come Holy Spirit, come.
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