Posts Tagged ‘lectio divina’

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Quiet Retreat Day – 20th April 2013

May 10, 2013

Kilravock-castleAt the start of this year, my wife and I felt a spiritual nudge… to facilitate a quiet retreat day…

Stillness and silence are very foreign to most of us – we all lead busy, noisy lives; balancing all the pressures and demands of the day, the week… the year. In some respects deliberately encountering stillness and silence are as about counter cultural as it gets.

IMG_0177So we went about organising a space, a place of quiet, where people could come for a day, have their ‘logistical’ physical needs provided for (shelter, food, warmth, safety, community)… so that they could engage spiritually in silence, stillness – ‘wasting’ time in the presence, the person of God.  Hearing not from a guest speaker, but from the source of life Himself.

Seventeen brave souls came along to meet in the silence, following our naive, inexperienced expression…. invite people to come and then get out of the way to let God work in each person.

IMG_0182And our ever faithful, ever loving, heavenly father… well…

He met each person where they were at.

The stories and the feedback we’ve received – are sacred… and  I won’t share them here… all I can say is that they were deeply meaningful to each person… way beyond what my wife and I could have imagined.

What this has shown me is that there is a place for stillness and silence in todays world.  A place were, when we intentionally close out the noise and business around us… to be with our beloved God… He is already there waiting for us.

If there is something that responds in you about this  – a desire to go silent, to go to the deeper places in God… well… we hope to run another retreat later this year, and you would be very welcome to join us.


The following links are to the blog of one of the folks, a writer, who came along and experienced the day…

Silent Retreat Day – The Cross

Silent Retreat Day – Playing With Pictures

Silent Retreat Day – Tent Pegs and a Ball of String

all by Melanie Kerr


Here are images of some of the resources created for the day…

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Lectio – Leviticus 19:9-10

February 12, 2013

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I am reading Leviticus at present and today two verses in chapter 19 stood out for me.

“When you harvest the crops of your land, do not harvest the grain along the edges of your fields, and do not pick up what the harvesters drop. 10 It is the same with your grape crop—do not strip every last bunch of grapes from the vines, and do not pick up the grapes that fall to the ground. Leave them for the poor and the foreigners living among you. I am the Lord your God.”

To me these verses speak of the hebrew principles of hesed and mishpat… loving kindness and justice.

There is a kindness and social justice here… don’t strip every piece of crop from the ground, or grape from the vine… leave some for the poor, leave some for foreigners those without right to land…  it’s a call to keep away from greed, from an ‘All we can get’ attitude…

and are echoed again in Micah 6:8…

O people, the Lord has told you what is good,
and this is what he requires of you:
to do what is right, to love mercy,
and to walk humbly with your God.

So these are the questions I have of myself today…

Have you done what is right today?…

have you loved mercy?…

have you shown loving kindness?

Have you lived in hesed and mishpat?

 

 

 

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Lectio – Psalm 19… the heavens declare…

February 4, 2013

 

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There is a saying attributed to St Francis that goes something like this “Preach the Gospel at all times; and if you have to use words”…

Psalm 19

For the choir director: A psalm of David.

The heavens declare the glory of God.
The skies display his craftsmanship.
Day after day they continue to speak;
night after night they make him known.
They speak without a sound or word;
their voice is never heard.
Yet their message has gone throughout the earth,
and their words to all the world.

 

Today – does your life declaring the glory of God?

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Lectio – Ephesians 2:19-20 – Citizenship

January 12, 2013

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I was reading this passage earlier today on the “3 Minute Reteat” app.

19 So now you [Gentiles] are no longer strangers and foreigners. You are citizens along with all of God’s holy people. You are members of God’s family. 20 Together, we are his house, built on the foundation of the apostles and the prophets. And the cornerstone is Christ Jesus himself.

New Living Translation (NLT)

What does it mean to you that you are no longer a stranger and foreigner, but a member of God’s family?

It prompted me to think of what it was like to change nationality, to become a citizen of another country, to choose to be subject to the rule and law of another nation, of another Kingdom…. and yet…

to remain in the location of my original country as an ambassador of my new home.

This is how we should live our Christian lives… fully citizens of the Kingdom of Heaven, living as ambassadors of the Kingdom here on earth.

What Kingdom are you representing as an ambassador today?

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Lectio – John 15:5-17

November 9, 2012

 

It has been some time since I last posted a passage to this blog for Lectio Divina.

I wanted to share this passage with you – On Saturday 22nd September I had the privilege of leading a time of Lectio Divina at a workshop on Prayer at Hilton Church of Scotland, and it was this passage that we focused on.  Ever since this event the passage has been waiting on my desk for me to share it with you… so read and be blessed…

“Yes, I am the vine; you are the branches. Those who remain in me, and I in them, will produce much fruit. For apart from me you can do nothing.Anyone who does not remain in me is thrown away like a useless branch and withers. Such branches are gathered into a pile to be burned. But if you remain in me and my words remain in you, you may ask for anything you want, and it will be granted! When you produce much fruit, you are my true disciples. This brings great glory to my Father.

“I have loved you even as the Father has loved me. Remain in my love.10 When you obey my commandments, you remain in my love, just as I obey my Father’s commandments and remain in his love. 11 I have told you these things so that you will be filled with my joy. Yes, your joy will overflow! 12 This is my commandment: Love each other in the same way I have loved you. 13 There is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. 14 You are my friends if you do what I command. 15 I no longer call you slaves, because a master doesn’t confide in his slaves. Now you are my friends, since I have told you everything the Father told me.16 You didn’t choose me. I chose you. I appointed you to go and produce lasting fruit, so that the Father will give you whatever you ask for, using my name. 17 This is my command: Love each other.

(NLT)

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What is Lectio Divina?

November 7, 2012

“Lectio Divina”, a Latin term, means “divine reading” and describes a way of reading the Scriptures whereby we gradually let go of our own agenda and open ourselves to what God wants to say to us.

As a guideline there are four stages to Lectio Divina.

The first stage is lectio (reading) – where we read the Word of God, slowly and reflectively so that it sinks into us. Any passage of Scripture can be used for this way of prayer but the passage should not be too long.

The second stage is meditatio (reflection) where we think about the text we have chosen and ruminate upon it so that we take from it what God wants to give us. In this stage we look for words & phrases that seem to stand out or highlighted in the text. We then reflect on those words – not to apply our own understanding but offering them to God to see there meaning in the light of his Holy Spirit.

The third stage is oratio (response) where we leave our thinking aside and simply let our hearts speak to God. This response is inspired by our reflection on the Word of God.

The final stage of Lectio Divina is contemplatio (rest) where we let go not only of our own ideas, plans and meditations but also of our holy words and thoughts. We simply rest in the Word of God. We listen at the deepest level of our being to God who speaks within us with a still small voice. As we listen, we are gradually transformed from within. Obviously this transformation will have a profound effect on the way we actually live and the way we live is the test of the authenticity of our prayer. We must take what we read in the Word of God into our daily lives.

These stages of Lectio Divina are not fixed rules of procedure but simply guidelines as to how the prayer normally develops. Its natural movement is towards greater simplicity, with less and less talking and more listening. Gradually the words of Scripture begin to dissolve and the Word is revealed before the eyes of our heart.

The practice of Lectio Divina as a way of praying the Scriptures has been a fruitful source of growing in relationship with Christ for many centuries and in our own day is being rediscovered by many individuals and groups. The Word of God is alive and active and will transform each of us if we open ourselves to receive what God wants to give us.

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Lectio – Ephesians 3:16-21

June 12, 2012

Ephesians 3 & 4 have been coming around again and again recently for me, and I thought I’d like to share passages that have spoken to me with you.

The first of these is Ephesians 3:16-21 where Paul prays for the church, for increasing spiritual wisdom and also for spiritual maturity.

This passage has a lot in in and it is well worth taking time to really think about it. reflecting on what God is saying about himself, what he is saying about the church, and what he is saying to you directly.  Please take the time and wait in this passage, let it minister to you today…

Ephesians 3:16-21

16 I pray that from his glorious, unlimited resources he will empower you with inner strength through his Spirit. 17 Then Christ will make his home in your hearts as you trust in him. Your roots will grow down into God’s love and keep you strong. 18 And may you have the power to understand, as all God’s people should, how wide, how long, how high, and how deep his love is. 19 May you experience the love of Christ, though it is too great to understand fully. Then you will be made complete with all the fullness of life and power that comes from God.

20 Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think. 21 Glory to him in the church and in Christ Jesus through all generations forever and ever! Amen.