In our Praxis series, last week we studied biblical meditation (or “Rumination.”) This Sunday we learned and practiced an old/new way to listen to God through the Scriptures. Also called Lectio Divina – or – Sacred Reading, our community found it to be a deeply worshipful and personal encounter with the Lord. The outline is below and you can listen to the sermon here. (the text was Mark 4:35-41) I hope you will learn to practice the way of Sacred Reading, personally as well as in smaller groups.
Sacred Reading (Lectio Divina)
Encountering God in the Bible
:: READING / LISTENING
Listen prayerfully to the text for the word or phrase that ‘speaks’ to you. What is the Holy Spirit drawing your attention to?
Read the text again. Repeat and ponder these words in your heart. Where do you find yourself in this story? What is God saying to YOU through this word or phrase?
Read the text once more. What is your response to God? And how could this affect your week ahead? Make it a prayer: giving thanks; asking for help; asking forgiveness. resting in God’s love…
Move from the activity of prayer to a place of stillness. Simply rest in God’s presence. Like Mary, “I am the Lord’s servant; let it be to me according to Your word.” Go with the delight and confidence that God is with you to live out what you have read.
Though often described as a practice within Roman Catholicism, it’s roots are ancient and modern Evangelical works on spiritual disciplines most always include some variation of Sacred Reading.
One article I recommend is “Step by Step Through Lectio Divina.“