Monday, February 16, 2015
LENTEN SERIES INTRODUCTION
One of the things I love most about Lectio Divina as a method of prayer is its flexibility: it can be done alone or in a group, with a large portion of scripture or just a verse. But one thing that never changes is that it is invitational. It is an entry point into a conversation with God, and conversations with God always leave us touched and changed somehow. Sometimes the invitation is to do something, and other times it is to let go of something.
During this season of Lent, we’re going to do something a little different with Lectio Divina Paci. This Wednesday is Ash Wednesday, the traditional start to the season of Lent. Lent is a 40 day (excluding Sundays) period of preparation and repentance leading up to Easter Sunday and the celebration of Jesus’ resurrection. Starting today and for the six weeks that follow, we’ll be doing an in-depth reading and praying with Philippians 4.4-8. It’s a classic on worry and anxiety – something from which most of us could use some repentance!
Here’s the invitation: as you read through these passages and the short reflections that follow, what comes up for you? That is, how do you feel God moving and stirring in your heart? Where do you see God at work in the world around you? And do you sense an invitation to respond? Please share in the comments. Your words may be the balm that soothes the wound of another, that lifts someone’s spirit or that articulates what someone has been feeling but just hasn’t been able to name. Even electronically and through the ether of cyberspace, we can be the body of Christ for one another. Please join us this Lent as we pray.
LECTIO DIVINA PACI
READ: Philippians 4.4-8 “Always be joyful”
REFLECT: Seriously, Paul? This doesn’t seem possible, or even appropriate. How can I be joyful when others are suffering?
Or am I confusing joy with happiness?
Do I even know what joy is?
It seems linked to gratitude.
Is that the same as contentment?
An image came up as I was praying of a well and a pump. Being grateful, dwelling on the true, honorable, upright, pure, everything we love and admire – that was how to prime the pump, to get the well of gratitude, of contentment, to flow with joy.
RESPOND: Lord, when I forget, help me to prime the pump of my mind and heart, to supply them with good, fresh things that feed and water my soul for healing and growth.
One way to “prime the pump” of gratitude is to make a daily habit of listing things for which you are grateful – in detail. For example, rather than saying “I’m grateful for my home,” I could say “I’m grateful for the view of the sunrise that I see each morning from the sunroom.” In what ways do you exercise gratitude?
Lectio Divina Paci is a weekly devotional guide by Audrey Hindes for peacemakers in the lectio divina form. Lectio Divina (Latin for divine reading) is a traditional Benedictine practice of scripture reading, prayer, meditation, and reflection that treats scripture as the Living Word. Lectio Divina Paci is an opportunity for peacemakers to become more in tune with the voice of the Prince of Peace.