The prayerful practice of lectio divina … invites us to slow down, savor the words of scripture, and seek their meaning. Through lectio divina (Latin for “sacred reading”) we listen carefully for God’s still small voice as revealed to us through God’s Holy Word. … We savor a small selection of verses rather than feast on a longer reading. From this place of sacred stillness, we seek to better understand God’s message for us beyond the surface of the words.
—Sharon Seyfarth Garner, Praying with Mandalas: A Colorful, Contemplative Practice (Upper Room Books, 2016)
After reading a brief scripture passage 4 times aloud (try Psalm 23; pause for a few moments between each reading), what word or words stood out for you? Join the conversation.
The Lord is my shepherd;
I have all that I need.
He lets me rest in green meadows;
he leads me beside peaceful streams.
He renews my strength.
—Psalm 23:1-3a (NLT)
Prayer for the Week
whose love encircles all,
You are the one in whom I live
and move and have my being.
Thank you for the moments
when I see you most clearly.
I am sorry for the times I have turned away
from your loving presence.
With hope I look toward the new day to come,
heart aflame with your love and grace.
I am grateful that you are with me
every moment of every day.
Prayer by Sharon Seyfarth Garner
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(Courtesy of Vanderbilt Divinity Library)
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