The “Be Still” spiritual practice that I’m following in response to our church’s health plan is divided into six weeks, two weeks for each practice. The second practice is: “Claim Your Strengths and Vulnerabilities”
Ancient Roots: Lectio Divina
Started in early monastic communities, Lectio Divina invites slow and prayerful reading of scripture as Living Word.
Read the day’s scripture three times. Allow the repetition to draw you deeper into the text, hearing it differently and opening yourself to new insights each time. Continue this practice for at least two weeks.
Light a candle (or other light source) as a reminder of God’s presence.
Read the text once, listening for a word or phrase that touches your heart. Gently recite it. Reflect silently or share with others.
Read the text again, listening for how the word or phrase touches your life today. Reflect silently or share with others.
Read the text once more, listening for what Christ is nudging you to do or become. Ask yourself or share with others:
In which areas of my life am I strong? How is God present in that?
In which areas of my life am I vulnerable? How is God present in that?
Close with a prayer and extinguish the candle.
Monday: 1 Corinthians 1:18, 25
Tuesday: Mark 9:33-37
Wednesday: 1 Corinthians 2:1-5
Thursday: Romans 6:3-4
Friday: 2 Corinthians 12:9-10
Saturday: Philippians 2:5-11