IN THE MONASTERIES of medieval times the monks and nuns heard the Bible read aloud during meals. Most could not read, so hearing the Word was the only way they could become familiar with the poetry, history, stories, and instruction of the holy text. The readers read the words slowly and often repeated them, allowing individuals to listen with their hearts for the Spirit present in the words. I like to imagine those holy men and women taking in the words to nurture their souls while the food they ate sustained their bodies…
Contemporary Christians can follow these sisters and brothers of earlier times and learn to pray with scripture. To pray with the Word, we will have to slow our reading so we too can taste and savor the words.
– Jane E. Vennard with Stephen D. Bryant
The Way of Prayer Participant’s Book
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Choose a scripture from the lectionary readings listed below. Pray with that scripture. Share your thoughts.
The LORD watches over the strangers; he upholds the orphan and the widow, but the way of the wicked he brings to ruin.
Psalm 146:9, NRSV
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This week we remember: Donald M. Baillie (October 31).
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