God instructs us to listen to Jesus (Matthew 17:6). Plenty of people have had the experience, however, of asking the Lord to speak and hearing nothing. What to do?
Spiritual disciplines or practices are designed to help. One that I'm hoping to practice daily this Lent is "Lectio Divina" or "Sacred Reading." I commend it to you. Here's how it works:
- Find a space that is quiet, calming, with limited distractions.
- Ask God to be present and to speak to you through the scripture.
- Choose a text that is short enough to be read through multiple times (it can be as short as a phrase or, on the longest end, 8-10 verses).
- Instead of reading for information or entertainment, read as though God might speak to you in those words.
- Read them again - even more slowly this time.
- Pause on words that capture your attention; reflect on why that may be.
- Pray about those words, asking for God's guidance.
- Continue to reflect on those words throughout the day.
Lent is a season to be extra attentive to God. I hope Lectio Divina will be one way we, as Art Justice prayed so beautifully during the 9:00 a.m. service, "explore the corners of our souls."
Of course no Lent starts well without pancakes. The United Methodist Men invite you to join them for Shrove Tuesday pancakes tomorrow evening between 5:30 and 7:00 p.m. in the Davis Christian Life Center.
I hope to see you there and the next day at the Ash Wednesday services (12:30 and 6:30 p.m. in the sanctuary).