Posts Tagged ‘Meditation’

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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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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 – Romans 2 – Simeon

February 7, 2012

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Todays Lectio comes from Luke chapter 2.

Joseph and Mary had brought Jesus to be presented at the temple – to be presented before the Lord as was the custom.

Today we look at the prophesy of Simeon…

25 At that time there was a man in Jerusalem named Simeon. He was righteous and devout and was eagerly waiting for the Messiah to come and rescue Israel. The Holy Spirit was upon him 26 and had revealed to him that he would not die until he had seen the Lord’s Messiah. 27 That day the Spirit led him to the Temple. So when Mary and Joseph came to present the baby Jesus to the Lord as the law required, 28 Simeon was there. He took the child in his arms and praised God, saying,
29 “Sovereign Lord, now let your servant die in peace,
as you have promised.
30 I have seen your salvation,
31 which you have prepared for all people.
32 He is a light to reveal God to the nations,
and he is the glory of your people Israel!”

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Lectio – John 10:1-18

January 17, 2012

In todays Lectio, be aware of God’s presence with you. He loves and accepts you just as you are.

Read the following passage slowly and be sensitive to His leading and speaking to you.  Let your imagination play on the passage; become one of of characters… the shepherd, the sheep, the father, son.. enter into the conversations and ask questions.

Note the feelings that come to you, don;t analyse them just note what was it in the passage that gave rise to them, asking God for the grace that you think is needed.

His presence, grace and peace be with you today.

John 10 – The Good Shepherd

1 “I tell you the truth, anyone who sneaks over the wall of a sheepfold, rather than going through the gate, must surely be a thief and a robber! 2 But the one who enters through the gate is the shepherd of the sheep. 3 The gatekeeper opens the gate for him, and the sheep recognize his voice and come to him. He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. 4 After he has gathered his own flock, he walks ahead of them, and they follow him because they know his voice. 5 They won’t follow a stranger; they will run from him because they don’t know his voice.”

6 Those who heard Jesus use this illustration didn’t understand what he meant, 7 so he explained it to them: “I tell you the truth, I am the gate for the sheep. 8 All who came before me[a] were thieves and robbers. But the true sheep did not listen to them. 9 Yes, I am the gate. Those who come in through me will be saved.[b] They will come and go freely and will find good pastures. 10 The thief’s purpose is to steal and kill and destroy. My purpose is to give them a rich and satisfying life.

11 “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd sacrifices his life for the sheep. 12A hired hand will run when he sees a wolf coming. He will abandon the sheep because they don’t belong to him and he isn’t their shepherd. And so the wolf attacks them and scatters the flock. 13 The hired hand runs away because he’s working only for the money and doesn’t really care about the sheep.

14 “I am the good shepherd; I know my own sheep, and they know me, 15 just as my Father knows me and I know the Father. So I sacrifice my life for the sheep. 16I have other sheep, too, that are not in this sheepfold. I must bring them also. They will listen to my voice, and there will be one flock with one shepherd.

17 “The Father loves me because I sacrifice my life so I may take it back again. 18No one can take my life from me. I sacrifice it voluntarily. For I have the authority to lay it down when I want to and also to take it up again. For this is what my Father has commanded.”

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Lectio – Psalm 138

November 29, 2011

Another Psalm to meditate on…

“I bow before your holy Temple as I worship. I praise your name for your unfailing love and faithfulness; for your promises are backed by the honor of your name. As soon as I pray, you answer me; you encourage me by giving me strength.”

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Lectio – Psalm 134

November 22, 2011

A Psalm to meditate on:

“Oh, praise the Lord, all you servants of the Lord, you who serve at night in the house of the Lord. Lift up holy hands in prayer, and praise the Lord.  May the Lord, who made heaven and earth, bless you from Jersualem”.

Some suggestions…

Make some space in your day for this,  still yourself, slowly read the words, pausing on words that God highlights to you, ask of Him what these words mean, and what he wants to say to you.  And as He reveals what he is saying turn these back to him in prayer.

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Harmony and Synchronization

November 17, 2011

A main focus of our Life Group is soaking in the presence of God.  Deliberately and lavishly spending time with and in Him.

This evening towards the end of out time together the last piece of music played was a psalm sung in the traditional Gaelic style found on the Western Isles of Scotland.

A presenter sang a part and the chorus came in on a response, the unaccompanied vocals, ebbed, flowed, swelled and was at times discordant… but came together in resolution at the end.  I was moved by the music.

It reminded me of part of Derek Browns talk at Kings Fellowship on the 30th October.  He shared the thought that things, issues, situations resolve themselves and fall into harmony and synchronisation.

Both the Gaelic Psalm and Dereks Talk also seemed linked to this video…

Notice how the Pendulums at times seem to totally chaotic, at times in a wave, at others they seem to be in total division…. but they eventually resolve into Unison.

It let me to ponder… we fall into synchronisation in what we are immersed. So if we are immersed in worry and anxiety do our souls ‘resolve’ and become in synch with worry… I think so.  Wouldn’t it be better if we be immersed into (Baptised into) God’s presence… our souls resounding in harmony and synchronisation with the Spirit of God.

Step into the presence of God, He’s waiting for you to come and get in Synch and Harmony with Him.