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Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Practicing Lectio Divina

by Nancy Shuman

For Only One Short Hour by Anna Blunden (photo credit: Wikimedia Commons).

"To You I pray, O Lord; at dawn You hear my voice" (Psalm 5:3).

I know how to do this.  I have learned the basic steps of Lectio Divina, of back and forth conversation with God.

And so, if I haven't already:  today I begin.  I may feel dry as dust as I do so, but I make a start.  I take up a bit of scripture, and I read.  I ask God to help me hear what He's saying to my soul.  I read until something strikes me, then I let it sink in.  I realize that God Himself is with me, is really and truly with me.  This is not a game I'm playing, it isn't an empty exercise, it's not a task to be gotten out of the way.  I am in conversation with Almighty God.

I let the words touch me.  I let the Word Himself (John 1:1) speak to my heart.  I talk with Him about whatever I wish.  If I should feel a gentle "touch" from Him (a feeling of being loved, perhaps), I savor it.  I thank Him for it.  If I don't, I thank Him anyway.  I ask Him to help me become more pleasing to Him this day.  I ask to be directed in His paths. 

I shall now go forward, to live this day for God.    

"My soul waits for the Lord, more than sentinels wait for the dawn" (Psalm 130:6). 

Nancy originally posted this at her blog  The Cloistered Heart.


  1. Beautiful!!! The mystery of praying...so rich. Thank you Nancy.

  2. Beautiful. I want to do lectio divina and then sometimes I run away from it! But I keep going back. Over and over.


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