For Sunday, April 26th, 4th Sunday after Easter
READ: John 10.11-18 “my own accord”
I’m sure that I have seen an Internet quiz somewhere entitled “What is the soundtrack to your life?” or “If your life was a movie, what would be on the soundtrack?” We like quizzes like this: What color is your soul? What is your ideal career? What kind of house should you live in? What is your spirit animal? We’re so out of tune with our inner lives that we place enormous weight on 10-question quizzes about whether our favorite meal is pizza, burgers, tacos or pasta — never mind if you want to answer “none of the above.”
When I first began to pray with this passage, the word “accord” gave me pause. When I considered the phrase, “my own accord,” agreement within oneself was the first thing that came to mind – having all inner instincts, thoughts and emotions being in agreement with one another. There is power in this. I was reminded of the wisdom of Ecclesiastes 4.12, “a cord of three strands is not quickly broken.” (NIV)
Then I imagined these three energy centers – instinct, emotion and thought – as three notes of musical chord. We all have each of these centers operating within us to varying degrees, though we’re likely to have our favorite and ignore the others. But just as neglect can cause relationships with others to shrivel, so can neglect of parts of ourselves.
RESPOND: God, help us to listen. Give us courage to pay attention. Help us to be in tune with our inner worlds and the world around us. Reassure us of your presence in all things and that you will not leave us alone no matter what song is playing in our hearts.
Are you in tune to the chords playing in your own life? What is the song that, if strung together, these chords would be playing? Is it harmonious? Is there dissonance? What prevents you from paying attention to each note? On its own, each note has value, but we can learn even more about ourselves when we pay attention to all three. A greater understanding of our inner lives can have a tremendous healing impact on our relationships with God and with others.
LECTIONARY TEXTS FOR THE UPCOMING SUNDAY (and for you to try on your own):
1 John 3:16-24
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.