Using a form of Lectio Divina for personal meditation

This is a very brief “cheat sheet” on using lectio divina in times of personal solitude with God.

Summary Be alone. Prepare your heart and mind. Then:

Read – Out loud? Repeat. Reflect – Think it over. What stands out? Respond – Speak to God. Receive – Let go and listen.

Jesus often withdrew to […]

Staying at the Bottom and the Edges

[Jesus] demands of his first followers a living witness to a simple life on the edge, because once you are at the visible center, once you are on the top, you have too much to prove and too much to protect… The only free positions in this world are at the bottom and at the […]

Proclamation

Proclamation is a way of saying what God has done and will be doing, and what it means to you and the community of which you are a part. It included three components.

1. It starts our personal, then moves toward being more inclusive of the larger community. It could be that your experience has […]

Waiting Worship Instructions

Be still, and know that I am God

Psalm 46:10

Waiting worship begins in silence. Each worshipper comes to meet with God. As soon as the first person arrives it is time to be quiet. As you arrive, enter quietly with as little distraction and noise as possible and find a place to sit near […]

Personal Spiritual Retreat

On the last and greatest day of the Feast, Jesus stood and said in a loud voice, “If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, streams of living water will flow from within him.” -John 7:37-38, NIV

Acknowledgement

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A Discernment Process

Discernment – The act or process of exhibiting keen insight and good judgment. – The Free Online Dictionary

We have not received the spirit of the world but the Spirit who is from God, that we may understand what God has freely given us. – Paul of Tarsus, 1 Corinthians 2:12 [niv]

Test everything. Hold […]

Lectio Divina

Lectio Divina is a way of reading scripture that allows contemplation, listening to the Holy Spirit, and even communion with God in order to more deeply appreciate and integrate scripture into one’s thinking and being. One may receive peace, guidance, joy, or insight from this practice. We have found it quite beneficial in small group […]

Fasting

Esther asked: “Is there an appropriate way/time to approach fasting? What was it traditionally for? What is it for in the modern day?”

Nine days. That’s how long it takes me to think of what I’d like to say in response to Esther’s excellent questions.

I found myself starting by thinking to myself what fasting […]