One of my spiritual practices for this year is reading through the Bible in the form of The Message//Remix by Eugene H. Peterson. I don't know how many people besides me actually read through the intro section of their Bible (less than 1% is one guesstimate), but in this case I found it quite helpful … Continue reading Lectio Divina in Plain English
While I’m on my blog tour, it seems only fitting to have this guest post by Byron Rempel-Burkholder, who is one of my editors at Herald Press.
Prayer can be very wordy, but it doesn't have to be. Centring prayer, breath prayers, and lectio divina are forms of contemplative prayer where the emphasis is less on my words of prayer and more on being in God's presence and receiving God's word.
I’ve read the story of creation many times before, but this time I noticed something new. The story takes up all of Genesis 1 and spills over to the next chapter until “by the seventh day God had finished the work he had been doing; so on the seventh day he rested from all his … Continue reading Lectio Divina, Sabbath Rest, and Closing the Door
I must be doing it wrong--detractors of lectio divina criticize the practice for substituting personal experience for knowledge, for using Scripture as a mystical device, and they argue that lectio divina is actually contrary to Scriptural teaching. Really? I find that the prayerful reading and re-reading of Scripture adds to my knowledge as I notice … Continue reading Lectio Divina and Looking for Jesus
One of the lectionary texts this week tells the story of Jesus on his way to heal a little girl, interrupted by a desperate woman also in need of healing, and how he takes time for both, speaks to both, restores both (Mark 5:21-43). As I practice lectio divina, reading and reflecting on this text, … Continue reading Lectio Divina and Jesus Interrupted
"The Word of Scripture should never stop sounding in your ears and working in you all day long, just like the words of someone you love." - Dietrich Bonhoeffer The Word of Scripture is the word of someone I love. I remind myself of that today as I read the lectionary gospel text, Mark 3:20-35. For … Continue reading Lectio Divina and the Divided House