LECTIO DIVINA

There are lots of ways to read the Bible, this is one way that we like to stop and reflect on scripture.


SILENCE

take 60 seconds (or more) in silent preparation for sacred reading


READ

listen to the text by reading out loud slowly and repeat up to 3x if desired


MEDITATE

reflect on - what word, words, phrase, or sentence speaks to you from the text, then write them down


PRAY

pray as responding to the words, phrase, sentence that God has stirred within you


CONTEMPLATE

rest in the presence of God, allowing the words revealed to take root

  • John 5:1-15

    1 Afterward Jesus returned to Jerusalem for one of the Jewish holy days. 2 Inside the city, near the Sheep Gate, was the pool of Bethesda, with five covered porches. 3 Crowds of sick people—blind, lame, or paralyzed—lay on the porches. 5 One of the men lying there had been sick for thirty-eight years. 6 When Jesus saw him and knew he had been ill for a long time, he asked him, “Would you like to get well?”

    7 “I can’t, sir,” the sick man said, “for I have no one to put me into the pool when the water bubbles up. Someone else always gets there ahead of me.”

    8 Jesus told him, “Stand up, pick up your mat, and walk!”

    9 Instantly, the man was healed! He rolled up his sleeping mat and began walking! But this miracle happened on the Sabbath, 10 so the Jewish leaders objected. They said to the man who was cured, “You can’t work on the Sabbath! The law doesn’t allow you to carry that sleeping mat!”

    11 But he replied, “The man who healed me told me, ‘Pick up your mat and walk.’”

    12 “Who said such a thing as that?” they demanded.

    13 The man didn’t know, for Jesus had disappeared into the crowd. 14 But afterward Jesus found him in the Temple and told him, “Now you are well; so stop sinning, or something even worse may happen to you.” 15 Then the man went and told the Jewish leaders that it was Jesus who had healed him.

  • Proverbs 6:20-29

    20 My son, obey your father’s commands,

       and don’t neglect your mother’s instruction.

    21 Keep their words always in your heart.

       Tie them around your neck.

    22 When you walk, their counsel will lead you.

       When you sleep, they will protect you.

       When you wake up, they will advise you.

    23 For their command is a lamp

       and their instruction a light;

    their corrective discipline

       is the way to life.

    24 It will keep you from the immoral woman,

       from the smooth tongue of a promiscuous woman.

    25 Don’t lust for her beauty.

       Don’t let her coy glances seduce you.

    26 For a prostitute will bring you to poverty,

       but sleeping with another man’s wife will cost you your life.

    27 Can a man scoop a flame into his lap

       and not have his clothes catch on fire?

    28 Can he walk on hot coals

       and not blister his feet?

    29 So it is with the man who sleeps with another man’s wife.

       He who embraces her will not go unpunished.

  • Proverbs 6:20-29

    20 My son, obey your father’s commands,

       and don’t neglect your mother’s instruction.

    21 Keep their words always in your heart.

       Tie them around your neck.

    22 When you walk, their counsel will lead you.

       When you sleep, they will protect you.

       When you wake up, they will advise you.

    23 For their command is a lamp

       and their instruction a light;

    their corrective discipline

       is the way to life.

    24 It will keep you from the immoral woman,

       from the smooth tongue of a promiscuous woman.

    25 Don’t lust for her beauty.

       Don’t let her coy glances seduce you.

    26 For a prostitute will bring you to poverty,

       but sleeping with another man’s wife will cost you your life.

    27 Can a man scoop a flame into his lap

       and not have his clothes catch on fire?

    28 Can he walk on hot coals

       and not blister his feet?

    29 So it is with the man who sleeps with another man’s wife.

       He who embraces her will not go unpunished.

  • 2 John 1-6

    1 This letter is from John, the elder.

    I am writing to the chosen lady and to her children, whom I love in the truth—as does everyone else who knows the truth— 2 because the truth lives in us and will be with us forever.

    3 Grace, mercy, and peace, which come from God the Father and from Jesus Christ—the Son of the Father—will continue to be with us who live in truth and love.

    Live in the Truth

    4 How happy I was to meet some of your children and find them living according to the truth, just as the Father commanded.

    5 I am writing to remind you, dear friends, that we should love one another. This is not a new commandment, but one we have had from the beginning. 6 Love means doing what God has commanded us, and he has commanded us to love one another, just as you heard from the beginning.

  • Psalm 150

    1 Praise the Lord!

    Praise God in his sanctuary;

       praise him in his mighty heaven!

    2 Praise him for his mighty works;

       praise his unequaled greatness!

    3 Praise him with a blast of the ram’s horn;

       praise him with the lyre and harp!

    4 Praise him with the tambourine and dancing;

       praise him with strings and flutes!

    5 Praise him with a clash of cymbals;

       praise him with loud clanging cymbals.

    6 Let everything that breathes sing praises to the Lord!

    Praise the Lord!

  • John 5:31-45

    31 “If I were to testify on my own behalf, my testimony would not be valid. 32 But someone else is also testifying about me, and I assure you that everything he says about me is true. 33 In fact, you sent investigators to listen to John the Baptist, and his testimony about me was true. 34 Of course, I have no need of human witnesses, but I say these things so you might be saved. 35 John was like a burning and shining lamp, and you were excited for a while about his message.36 But I have a greater witness than John—my teachings and my miracles. The Father gave me these works to accomplish, and they prove that he sent me.37 And the Father who sent me has testified about me himself. You have never heard his voice or seen him face to face, 38 and you do not have his message in your hearts, because you do not believe me—the one he sent to you.

    39 “You search the Scriptures because you think they give you eternal life. But the Scriptures point to me! 40 Yet you refuse to come to me to receive this life.

    41 “Your approval means nothing to me, 42 because I know you don’t have God’s love within you. 43 For I have come to you in my Father’s name, and you have rejected me. Yet if others come in their own name, you gladly welcome them.44 No wonder you can’t believe! For you gladly honor each other, but you don’t care about the honor that comes from the one who alone is God.

    45 “Yet it isn’t I who will accuse you before the Father. Moses will accuse you! Yes, Moses, in whom you put your hopes.

  • Proverbs 7:1-5

    1 Follow my advice, my son;

       always treasure my commands.

    2 Obey my commands and live!

       Guard my instructions as you guard your own eyes.

    3 Tie them on your fingers as a reminder.

       Write them deep within your heart.

    4 Love wisdom like a sister;

       make insight a beloved member of your family.

    5 Let them protect you from an affair with an immoral woman,

       from listening to the flattery of a promiscuous woman.

  • 1 Samuel 16:1-13

    Samuel Anoints David as King

    Now the Lord said to Samuel, “You have mourned long enough for Saul. I have rejected him as king of Israel, so fill your flask with olive oil and go to Bethlehem. Find a man named Jesse who lives there, for I have selected one of his sons to be my king.”

    2 But Samuel asked, “How can I do that? If Saul hears about it, he will kill me.”

    “Take a heifer with you,” the Lord replied, “and say that you have come to make a sacrifice to the Lord. 3 Invite Jesse to the sacrifice, and I will show you which of his sons to anoint for me.”

    4 So Samuel did as the Lord instructed. When he arrived at Bethlehem, the elders of the town came trembling to meet him. “What’s wrong?” they asked. “Do you come in peace?”

    5 “Yes,” Samuel replied. “I have come to sacrifice to the Lord. Purify yourselves and come with me to the sacrifice.” Then Samuel performed the purification rite for Jesse and his sons and invited them to the sacrifice, too.

    6 When they arrived, Samuel took one look at Eliab and thought, “Surely this is the Lord’s anointed!”

    7 But the Lord said to Samuel, “Don’t judge by his appearance or height, for I have rejected him. The Lord doesn’t see things the way you see them. People judge by outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.”

    8 Then Jesse told his son Abinadab to step forward and walk in front of Samuel. But Samuel said, “This is not the one the Lord has chosen.” 9 Next Jesse summoned Shimea, but Samuel said, “Neither is this the one the Lord has chosen.” 10In the same way all seven of Jesse’s sons were presented to Samuel. But Samuel said to Jesse, “The Lord has not chosen any of these.” 11Then Samuel asked, “Are these all the sons you have?”

    “There is still the youngest,” Jesse replied. “But he’s out in the fields watching the sheep and goats.”

    “Send for him at once,” Samuel said. “We will not sit down to eat until he arrives.”

    12So Jesse sent for him. He was dark and handsome, with beautiful eyes.

    And the Lord said, “This is the one; anoint him.”

    13So as David stood there among his brothers, Samuel took the flask of olive oil he had brought and anointed David with the oil. And the Spirit of the Lord came powerfully upon David from that day on. Then Samuel returned to Ramah.

  • Revelation 7:13-17

    13Then one of the twenty-four elders asked me, “Who are these who are clothed in white? Where did they come from?”

    14And I said to him, “Sir, you are the one who knows.”

    Then he said to me, “These are the ones who died in the great tribulation. They have washed their robes in the blood of the Lamb and made them white.

    15“That is why they stand in front of God’s throne

       and serve him day and night in his Temple.

    And he who sits on the throne

       will give them shelter.

    16They will never again be hungry or thirsty;

       they will never be scorched by the heat of the sun.

    17For the Lamb on the throne

       will be their Shepherd.

    He will lead them to springs of life-giving water.

       And God will wipe every tear from their eyes.”

  • Psalm 95

    1 Come, let us sing to the Lord!

       Let us shout joyfully to the Rock of our salvation.

    2 Let us come to him with thanksgiving.

       Let us sing psalms of praise to him.

    3 For the Lord is a great God,

       a great King above all gods.

    4 He holds in his hands the depths of the earth

       and the mightiest mountains.

    5 The sea belongs to him, for he made it.

       His hands formed the dry land, too.

    6 Come, let us worship and bow down.

       Let us kneel before the Lord our maker,

    7     for he is our God.

    We are the people he watches over,

       the flock under his care.

    If only you would listen to his voice today!

    8 The Lord says, “Don’t harden your hearts as Israel did at Meribah,

       as they did at Massah in the wilderness.

    9 For there your ancestors tested and tried my patience,

       even though they saw everything I did.

    10 For forty years I was angry with them, and I said,

    ‘They are a people whose hearts turn away from me.

       They refuse to do what I tell them.’

    11 So in my anger I took an oath:

       ‘They will never enter my place of rest.’”

  • John 6:1-15

    Jesus Feeds Five Thousand

    6 After this, Jesus crossed over to the far side of the Sea of Galilee, also known as the Sea of Tiberias. 2 A huge crowd kept following him wherever he went, because they saw his miraculous signs as he healed the sick. 3 Then Jesus climbed a hill and sat down with his disciples around him. 4 (It was nearly time for the Jewish Passover celebration.) 5 Jesus soon saw a huge crowd of people coming to look for him. Turning to Philip, he asked, “Where can we buy bread to feed all these people?” 6 He was testing Philip, for he already knew what he was going to do.

    7 Philip replied, “Even if we worked for months, we wouldn’t have enough money to feed them!”

    8 Then Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, spoke up. 9 “There’s a young boy here with five barley loaves and two fish. But what good is that with this huge crowd?”

    10 “Tell everyone to sit down,” Jesus said. So they all sat down on the grassy slopes. (The men alone numbered about 5,000.) 11 Then Jesus took the loaves, gave thanks to God, and distributed them to the people. Afterward he did the same with the fish. And they all ate as much as they wanted. 12 After everyone was full, Jesus told his disciples, “Now gather the leftovers, so that nothing is wasted.”13 So they picked up the pieces and filled twelve baskets with scraps left by the people who had eaten from the five barley loaves.

    14 When the people saw him do this miraculous sign, they exclaimed, “Surely, he is the Prophet we have been expecting!” 15 When Jesus saw that they were ready to force him to be their king, he slipped away into the hills by himself.

  • Proverbs 8:1-11

    Wisdom Calls for a Hearing

    8 Listen as Wisdom calls out!

       Hear as understanding raises her voice!

    2 On the hilltop along the road,

       she takes her stand at the crossroads.

    3 By the gates at the entrance to the town,

       on the road leading in, she cries aloud,

    4 “I call to you, to all of you!

       I raise my voice to all people.

    5 You simple people, use good judgment.

       You foolish people, show some understanding.

    6 Listen to me! For I have important things to tell you.

       Everything I say is right,

    7 for I speak the truth

       and detest every kind of deception.

    8 My advice is wholesome.

       There is nothing devious or crooked in it.

    9 My words are plain to anyone with understanding,

       clear to those with knowledge.

    10 Choose my instruction rather than silver,

       and knowledge rather than pure gold.

    11 For wisdom is far more valuable than rubies.

       Nothing you desire can compare with it.

  • Isaiah 5:1-7

    A Song about the Lord’s Vineyard

    5 Now I will sing for the one I love

       a song about his vineyard:

    My beloved had a vineyard

       on a rich and fertile hill.

    2 He plowed the land, cleared its stones,

       and planted it with the best vines.

    In the middle he built a watchtower

       and carved a winepress in the nearby rocks.

    Then he waited for a harvest of sweet grapes,

       but the grapes that grew were bitter.

    3 Now, you people of Jerusalem and Judah,

       you judge between me and my vineyard.

    4 What more could I have done for my vineyard

       that I have not already done?

    When I expected sweet grapes,

       why did my vineyard give me bitter grapes?

    5 Now let me tell you

       what I will do to my vineyard:

    I will tear down its hedges

       and let it be destroyed.

    I will break down its walls

       and let the animals trample it.

    6 I will make it a wild place

       where the vines are not pruned and the ground is not hoed,

       a place overgrown with briers and thorns.

    I will command the clouds

       to drop no rain on it.

    7 The nation of Israel is the vineyard of the Lord of Heaven’s Armies.

       The people of Judah are his pleasant garden.

    He expected a crop of justice,

       but instead he found oppression.

    He expected to find righteousness,

       but instead he heard cries of violence.