Reading Scripture with Fresh Eyes

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Reading Scripture with Fresh Eyes

A new day has dawned! The prophet Isaiah reminds us that God is about to do a new thing in the lives of his people (Isaiah 43:14-19). It is our responsibility to perceive the vision and embrace it for the present time. One way to accomplish this is to engage in a sacred reading of the text, using a method we call Lectio Divina.

Lectio Divina

Lectio Divina means “sacred reading” and provides a way to meditate on Scripture. The method includes five stages:

  1. Prepare (Silencio) – Putting yourself in the presence of God. Becoming quiet and offering yourself to God.
  2. Read (Lectio) – Reading the passage out loud. Slowly allowing the words to “settle in your heart.” Re-reading the passage out loud. Listening for the word or phrase that catches your attention and resonates with you.
  3. Reflect (Meditatio) – Taking time to “be” with your word or phrase. Re-reading the passage quietly to yourself. Listening to where the word connects with your life right now. Asking: What do you hear and experience as you watch and listen?
  4. Pray (Oratio)- Talking to God about the word or phrase that God has highlighted. Journaling on how God has invited you to respond. Allowing the Scripture to lead you into a prayer response.
  5. Rest (Contemplatio) – Deeply receiving God’s word and resting in God’s presence and love. Giving yourself time to wait. Being still before you re-enter life as usual.

Looking at it another way, Lectio Divina’s stages provide structure and guidance to help devotional readers savor the Word as a “spiritual meal.” The practice enables them to relish the time spent in scripture and to bask in the joy of “meeting God” in the text.

Practice

I invite you to read today’s scripture found in Isaiah 43:14-19. The focus of our sacred reading will be verses 18-19 (NRSV):

18 Do not remember the former things,
or consider the things of old.
19 I am about to do a new thing;
now it springs forth, do you not perceive it?
I will make a way in the wilderness
and rivers in the desert.

Now, reflect on this passage using the five stages of Lectio Divina:

  1. Prepare (Silencio)
  2. Read (Lectio)
  3. Reflect (Meditatio)
  4. Pray (Oratio)
  5. Rest (Contemplatio)

Journaling

Record your thoughts in your prayer journal.

  • My Reflections on Today’s Scripture
  • My Prayer Response
  • My Prayer Requests
  • My Praise Reports
  • Things I Have to Work on Today
  • Musical or Artistic Inspiration

Go in peace!

May God’s peace rest with you for the remainder of this day.

 

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