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

  • 2 Samuel 12:1-14

    Nathan Rebukes David

    1 So the Lord sent Nathan the prophet to tell David this story: “There were two men in a certain town. One was rich, and one was poor. 2 The rich man owned a great many sheep and cattle. 3 The poor man owned nothing but one little lamb he had bought. He raised that little lamb, and it grew up with his children. It ate from the man’s own plate and drank from his cup. He cuddled it in his arms like a baby daughter. 4 One day a guest arrived at the home of the rich man. But instead of killing an animal from his own flock or herd, he took the poor man’s lamb and killed it and prepared it for his guest.”

    5 David was furious. “As surely as the Lord lives,” he vowed, “any man who would do such a thing deserves to die! 6 He must repay four lambs to the poor man for the one he stole and for having no pity.”

    7 Then Nathan said to David, “You are that man! The Lord, the God of Israel, says: I anointed you king of Israel and saved you from the power of Saul. 8 I gave you your master’s house and his wives and the kingdoms of Israel and Judah. And if that had not been enough, I would have given you much, much more. 9 Why, then, have you despised the word of the Lord and done this horrible deed? For you have murdered Uriah the Hittite with the sword of the Ammonites and stolen his wife. 10 From this time on, your family will live by the sword because you have despised me by taking Uriah’s wife to be your own.

    11 “This is what the Lord says: Because of what you have done, I will cause your own household to rebel against you. I will give your wives to another man before your very eyes, and he will go to bed with them in public view. 12 You did it secretly, but I will make this happen to you openly in the sight of all Israel.”

    David Confesses His Guilt

    13 Then David confessed to Nathan, “I have sinned against the Lord.”

    Nathan replied, “Yes, but the Lord has forgiven you, and you won’t die for this sin.14 Nevertheless, because you have shown utter contempt for the word of the Lord by doing this, your child will die.”

  • 1 Corinthians 12:12-26

    One Body with Many Parts

    12 The human body has many parts, but the many parts make up one whole body. So it is with the body of Christ. 13 Some of us are Jews, some are Gentiles, some are slaves, and some are free. But we have all been baptized into one body by one Spirit, and we all share the same Spirit.

    14 Yes, the body has many different parts, not just one part. 15 If the foot says, “I am not a part of the body because I am not a hand,” that does not make it any less a part of the body. 16 And if the ear says, “I am not part of the body because I am not an eye,” would that make it any less a part of the body? 17 If the whole body were an eye, how would you hear? Or if your whole body were an ear, how would you smell anything?

    18 But our bodies have many parts, and God has put each part just where he wants it. 19 How strange a body would be if it had only one part! 20 Yes, there are many parts, but only one body. 21 The eye can never say to the hand, “I don’t need you.” The head can’t say to the feet, “I don’t need you.”

    22 In fact, some parts of the body that seem weakest and least important are actually the most necessary. 23 And the parts we regard as less honorable are those we clothe with the greatest care. So we carefully protect those parts that should not be seen, 24 while the more honorable parts do not require this special care. So God has put the body together such that extra honor and care are given to those parts that have less dignity. 25 This makes for harmony among the members, so that all the members care for each other. 26 If one part suffers, all the parts suffer with it, and if one part is honored, all the parts are glad.

  • Psalm 50:16-23

    16 But God says to the wicked:

    “Why bother reciting my decrees

       and pretending to obey my covenant?

    17 For you refuse my discipline

       and treat my words like trash.

    18 When you see thieves, you approve of them,

       and you spend your time with adulterers.

    19 Your mouth is filled with wickedness,

       and your tongue is full of lies.

    20 You sit around and slander your brother—

       your own mother’s son.

    21 While you did all this, I remained silent,

       and you thought I didn’t care.

    But now I will rebuke you,

       listing all my charges against you.

    22 Repent, all of you who forget me,

       or I will tear you apart,

       and no one will help you.

    23 But giving thanks is a sacrifice that truly honors me.

       If you keep to my path,

       I will reveal to you the salvation of God.”

  • John 9:13-34

    13 Then they took the man who had been blind to the Pharisees, 14 because it was on the Sabbath that Jesus had made the mud and healed him. 15 The Pharisees asked the man all about it. So he told them, “He put the mud over my eyes, and when I washed it away, I could see!”

    16 Some of the Pharisees said, “This man Jesus is not from God, for he is working on the Sabbath.” Others said, “But how could an ordinary sinner do such miraculous signs?” So there was a deep division of opinion among them.

    17 Then the Pharisees again questioned the man who had been blind and demanded, “What’s your opinion about this man who healed you?”

    The man replied, “I think he must be a prophet.”

    18 The Jewish leaders still refused to believe the man had been blind and could now see, so they called in his parents. 19 They asked them, “Is this your son? Was he born blind? If so, how can he now see?”

    20 His parents replied, “We know this is our son and that he was born blind, 21 but we don’t know how he can see or who healed him. Ask him. He is old enough to speak for himself.” 22 His parents said this because they were afraid of the Jewish leaders, who had announced that anyone saying Jesus was the Messiah would be expelled from the synagogue. 23 That’s why they said, “He is old enough. Ask him.”

    24 So for the second time they called in the man who had been blind and told him, “God should get the glory for this, because we know this man Jesus is a sinner.”

    25 “I don’t know whether he is a sinner,” the man replied. “But I know this: I was blind, and now I can see!”

    26 “But what did he do?” they asked. “How did he heal you?”

    27 “Look!” the man exclaimed. “I told you once. Didn’t you listen? Why do you want to hear it again? Do you want to become his disciples, too?”

    28 Then they cursed him and said, “You are his disciple, but we are disciples of Moses! 29 We know God spoke to Moses, but we don’t even know where this man comes from.”

    30 “Why, that’s very strange!” the man replied. “He healed my eyes, and yet you don’t know where he comes from? 31 We know that God doesn’t listen to sinners, but he is ready to hear those who worship him and do his will. 32 Ever since the world began, no one has been able to open the eyes of someone born blind. 33 If this man were not from God, he couldn’t have done it.”

    34 “You were born a total sinner!” they answered. “Are you trying to teach us?” And they threw him out of the synagogue.

  • Proverbs 13:18-25

    18 If you ignore criticism, you will end in poverty and disgrace;

       if you accept correction, you will be honored.

    19 It is pleasant to see dreams come true,

       but fools refuse to turn from evil to attain them.

    20 Walk with the wise and become wise;

       associate with fools and get in trouble.

    21 Trouble chases sinners,

       while blessings reward the righteous.

    22 Good people leave an inheritance to their grandchildren,

       but the sinner’s wealth passes to the godly.

    23 A poor person’s farm may produce much food,

       but injustice sweeps it all away.

    24 Those who spare the rod of discipline hate their children.

       Those who love their children care enough to discipline them.

    25 The godly eat to their hearts’ content,

       but the belly of the wicked goes hungry.

  • 2 Samuel 12:15-25

    15 After Nathan returned to his home, the Lord sent a deadly illness to the child of David and Uriah’s wife. 16 David begged God to spare the child. He went without food and lay all night on the bare ground. 17 The elders of his household pleaded with him to get up and eat with them, but he refused.

    18 Then on the seventh day the child died. David’s advisers were afraid to tell him. “He wouldn’t listen to reason while the child was ill,” they said. “What drastic thing will he do when we tell him the child is dead?”

    19 When David saw them whispering, he realized what had happened. “Is the child dead?” he asked.

    “Yes,” they replied, “he is dead.”

    20 Then David got up from the ground, washed himself, put on lotions, and changed his clothes. He went to the Tabernacle and worshiped the Lord. After that, he returned to the palace and was served food and ate.

    21 His advisers were amazed. “We don’t understand you,” they told him. “While the child was still living, you wept and refused to eat. But now that the child is dead, you have stopped your mourning and are eating again.”

    22 David replied, “I fasted and wept while the child was alive, for I said, ‘Perhaps the Lord will be gracious to me and let the child live.’ 23 But why should I fast when he is dead? Can I bring him back again? I will go to him one day, but he cannot return to me.”

    24 Then David comforted Bathsheba, his wife, and slept with her. She became pregnant and gave birth to a son, and David named him Solomon. The Lord loved the child 25 and sent word through Nathan the prophet that they should name him Jedidiah (which means “beloved of the Lord”), as the Lord had commanded.

  • 2 Peter 3:14-18

    14 And so, dear friends, while you are waiting for these things to happen, make every effort to be found living peaceful lives that are pure and blameless in his sight.

    15 And remember, our Lord’s patience gives people time to be saved. This is what our beloved brother Paul also wrote to you with the wisdom God gave him—16 speaking of these things in all of his letters. Some of his comments are hard to understand, and those who are ignorant and unstable have twisted his letters to mean something quite different, just as they do with other parts of Scripture. And this will result in their destruction.

    Peter’s Final Words

    17 You already know these things, dear friends. So be on guard; then you will not be carried away by the errors of these wicked people and lose your own secure footing. 18 Rather, you must grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

    All glory to him, both now and forever! Amen.

  • Psalm 57

    For the choir director: A psalm of David, regarding the time he fled from Saul and went into the cave. To be sung to the tune “Do Not Destroy!”

    1 Have mercy on me, O God, have mercy!

       I look to you for protection.

    I will hide beneath the shadow of your wings

       until the danger passes by.

    2 I cry out to God Most High,

       to God who will fulfill his purpose for me.

    3 He will send help from heaven to rescue me,

       disgracing those who hound me. Interlude

    My God will send forth his unfailing love and faithfulness.

    4 I am surrounded by fierce lions

       who greedily devour human prey—

    whose teeth pierce like spears and arrows,

       and whose tongues cut like swords.

    5 Be exalted, O God, above the highest heavens!

       May your glory shine over all the earth.

    6 My enemies have set a trap for me.

       I am weary from distress.

    They have dug a deep pit in my path,

       but they themselves have fallen into it. Interlude

    7 My heart is confident in you, O God;

       my heart is confident.

       No wonder I can sing your praises!

    8 Wake up, my heart!

       Wake up, O lyre and harp!

       I will wake the dawn with my song.

    9 I will thank you, Lord, among all the people.

       I will sing your praises among the nations.

    10 For your unfailing love is as high as the heavens.

       Your faithfulness reaches to the clouds.

    11 Be exalted, O God, above the highest heavens.

       May your glory shine over all the earth.

  • John 9:35-41

    Spiritual Blindness

    35 When Jesus heard what had happened, he found the man and asked, “Do you believe in the Son of Man?”

    36 The man answered, “Who is he, sir? I want to believe in him.”

    37 “You have seen him,” Jesus said, “and he is speaking to you!”

    38 “Yes, Lord, I believe!” the man said. And he worshiped Jesus.

    39 Then Jesus told him, “I entered this world to render judgment—to give sight to the blind and to show those who think they see that they are blind.”

    40 Some Pharisees who were standing nearby heard him and asked, “Are you saying we’re blind?”

    41 “If you were blind, you wouldn’t be guilty,” Jesus replied. “But you remain guilty because you claim you can see.

  • Proverbs 14:1-9

    1 A wise woman builds her home,

       but a foolish woman tears it down with her own hands.

    2 Those who follow the right path fear the Lord;

       those who take the wrong path despise him.

    3 A fool’s proud talk becomes a rod that beats him,

       but the words of the wise keep them safe.

    4 Without oxen a stable stays clean,

       but you need a strong ox for a large harvest.

    5 An honest witness does not lie;

       a false witness breathes lies.

    6 A mocker seeks wisdom and never finds it,

       but knowledge comes easily to those with understanding.

    7 Stay away from fools,

       for you won’t find knowledge on their lips.

    8 The prudent understand where they are going,

       but fools deceive themselves.

    9 Fools make fun of guilt,

       but the godly acknowledge it and seek reconciliation.

  • 1 Kings 3:16-28

    Solomon Judges Wisely

    16 Some time later two prostitutes came to the king to have an argument settled.17 “Please, my lord,” one of them began, “this woman and I live in the same house. I gave birth to a baby while she was with me in the house. 18 Three days later this woman also had a baby. We were alone; there were only two of us in the house.

    19 “But her baby died during the night when she rolled over on it. 20 Then she got up in the night and took my son from beside me while I was asleep. She laid her dead child in my arms and took mine to sleep beside her. 21 And in the morning when I tried to nurse my son, he was dead! But when I looked more closely in the morning light, I saw that it wasn’t my son at all.”

    22 Then the other woman interrupted, “It certainly was your son, and the living child is mine.”

    “No,” the first woman said, “the living child is mine, and the dead one is yours.” And so they argued back and forth before the king.

    23 Then the king said, “Let’s get the facts straight. Both of you claim the living child is yours, and each says that the dead one belongs to the other. 24 All right, bring me a sword.” So a sword was brought to the king.

    25 Then he said, “Cut the living child in two, and give half to one woman and half to the other!”

    26 Then the woman who was the real mother of the living child, and who loved him very much, cried out, “Oh no, my lord! Give her the child—please do not kill him!”

    But the other woman said, “All right, he will be neither yours nor mine; divide him between us!”

    27 Then the king said, “Do not kill the child, but give him to the woman who wants him to live, for she is his mother!”

    28 When all Israel heard the king’s decision, the people were in awe of the king, for they saw the wisdom God had given him for rendering justice.

  • Acts 6:8-15

    Stephen Is Arrested

    8 Stephen, a man full of God’s grace and power, performed amazing miracles and signs among the people. 9 But one day some men from the Synagogue of Freed Slaves, as it was called, started to debate with him. They were Jews from Cyrene, Alexandria, Cilicia, and the province of Asia. 10 None of them could stand against the wisdom and the Spirit with which Stephen spoke.

    11 So they persuaded some men to lie about Stephen, saying, “We heard him blaspheme Moses, and even God.” 12 This roused the people, the elders, and the teachers of religious law. So they arrested Stephen and brought him before the high council.

    13 The lying witnesses said, “This man is always speaking against the holy Temple and against the law of Moses. 14 We have heard him say that this Jesus of Nazareth will destroy the Temple and change the customs Moses handed down to us.”

    15 At this point everyone in the high council stared at Stephen, because his face became as bright as an angel’s.

  • Psalm 84

    1 How lovely is your dwelling place,

       O Lord of Heaven’s Armies.

    2 I long, yes, I faint with longing

       to enter the courts of the Lord.

    With my whole being, body and soul,

       I will shout joyfully to the living God.

    3 Even the sparrow finds a home,

       and the swallow builds her nest and raises her young

    at a place near your altar,

       O Lord of Heaven’s Armies, my King and my God!

    4 What joy for those who can live in your house,

       always singing your praises. Interlude

    5 What joy for those whose strength comes from the Lord,

       who have set their minds on a pilgrimage to Jerusalem.

    6 When they walk through the Valley of Weeping,

       it will become a place of refreshing springs.

       The autumn rains will clothe it with blessings.

    7 They will continue to grow stronger,

       and each of them will appear before God in Jerusalem.

    8 O Lord God of Heaven’s Armies, hear my prayer.

       Listen, O God of Jacob. Interlude

    9 O God, look with favor upon the king, our shield!

       Show favor to the one you have anointed.

    10 A single day in your courts

       is better than a thousand anywhere else!

    I would rather be a gatekeeper in the house of my God

       than live the good life in the homes of the wicked.

    11 For the Lord God is our sun and our shield.

       He gives us grace and glory.

    The Lord will withhold no good thing

       from those who do what is right.

    12 O Lord of Heaven’s Armies,

       what joy for those who trust in you.

  • John 10:1-24

    The Good Shepherd and His Sheep

    1 “I tell you the truth, anyone who sneaks over the wall of a sheepfold, rather than going through the gate, must surely be a thief and a robber! 2 But the one who enters through the gate is the shepherd of the sheep. 3 The gatekeeper opens the gate for him, and the sheep recognize his voice and come to him. He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. 4 After he has gathered his own flock, he walks ahead of them, and they follow him because they know his voice. 5 They won’t follow a stranger; they will run from him because they don’t know his voice.”

    6 Those who heard Jesus use this illustration didn’t understand what he meant,7 so he explained it to them: “I tell you the truth, I am the gate for the sheep. 8 All who came before me were thieves and robbers. But the true sheep did not listen to them. 9 Yes, I am the gate. Those who come in through me will be saved. They will come and go freely and will find good pastures. 10 The thief’s purpose is to steal and kill and destroy. My purpose is to give them a rich and satisfying life.

    11 “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd sacrifices his life for the sheep.12 A hired hand will run when he sees a wolf coming. He will abandon the sheep because they don’t belong to him and he isn’t their shepherd. And so the wolf attacks them and scatters the flock. 13 The hired hand runs away because he’s working only for the money and doesn’t really care about the sheep.

    14 “I am the good shepherd; I know my own sheep, and they know me, 15 just as my Father knows me and I know the Father. So I sacrifice my life for the sheep. 16 I have other sheep, too, that are not in this sheepfold. I must bring them also. They will listen to my voice, and there will be one flock with one shepherd.

    17 “The Father loves me because I sacrifice my life so I may take it back again.18 No one can take my life from me. I sacrifice it voluntarily. For I have the authority to lay it down when I want to and also to take it up again. For this is what my Father has commanded.”

    19 When he said these things, the people were again divided in their opinions about him. 20 Some said, “He’s demon possessed and out of his mind. Why listen to a man like that?” 21 Others said, “This doesn’t sound like a man possessed by a demon! Can a demon open the eyes of the blind?”

    Jesus Claims to Be the Son of God

    22 It was now winter, and Jesus was in Jerusalem at the time of Hanukkah, the Festival of Dedication. 23 He was in the Temple, walking through the section known as Solomon’s Colonnade. 24 The people surrounded him and asked, “How long are you going to keep us in suspense? If you are the Messiah, tell us plainly.”

  • Proverbs 15:1-4

    1 A gentle answer deflects anger,

       but harsh words make tempers flare.

    2 The tongue of the wise makes knowledge appealing,

       but the mouth of a fool belches out foolishness.

    3 The Lord is watching everywhere,

       keeping his eye on both the evil and the good.

    4 Gentle words are a tree of life;

       a deceitful tongue crushes the spirit.

  • 1 Kings 4:29-34

    29 God gave Solomon very great wisdom and understanding, and knowledge as vast as the sands of the seashore. 30 In fact, his wisdom exceeded that of all the wise men of the East and the wise men of Egypt. 31 He was wiser than anyone else, including Ethan the Ezrahite and the sons of Mahol—Heman, Calcol, and Darda. His fame spread throughout all the surrounding nations. 32 He composed some 3,000 proverbs and wrote 1,005 songs. 33 He could speak with authority about all kinds of plants, from the great cedar of Lebanon to the tiny hyssop that grows from cracks in a wall. He could also speak about animals, birds, small creatures, and fish. 34 And kings from every nation sent their ambassadors to listen to the wisdom of Solomon.

  • Ephesians 6:10-20

    The Whole Armor of God

    10 A final word: Be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11 Put on all of God’s armor so that you will be able to stand firm against all strategies of the devil. 12 For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places.

    13 Therefore, put on every piece of God’s armor so you will be able to resist the enemy in the time of evil. Then after the battle you will still be standing firm.14 Stand your ground, putting on the belt of truth and the body armor of God’s righteousness. 15 For shoes, put on the peace that comes from the Good News so that you will be fully prepared. 16 In addition to all of these, hold up the shield of faith to stop the fiery arrows of the devil. 17 Put on salvation as your helmet, and take the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.

    18 Pray in the Spirit at all times and on every occasion. Stay alert and be persistent in your prayers for all believers everywhere.

    19 And pray for me, too. Ask God to give me the right words so I can boldly explain God’s mysterious plan that the Good News is for Jews and Gentiles alike. 20 I am in chains now, still preaching this message as God’s ambassador. So pray that I will keep on speaking boldly for him, as I should.

  • Psalm 11

    1 I trust in the Lord for protection.

    So why do you say to me,

       “Fly like a bird to the mountains for safety!

    2 The wicked are stringing their bows

       and fitting their arrows on the bowstrings.

    They shoot from the shadows

       at those whose hearts are right.

    3 The foundations of law and order have collapsed.

       What can the righteous do?”

    4 But the Lord is in his holy Temple;

       the Lord still rules from heaven.

    He watches everyone closely,

       examining every person on earth.

    5 The Lord examines both the righteous and the wicked.

       He hates those who love violence.

    6 He will rain down blazing coals and burning sulfur on the wicked,

       punishing them with scorching winds.

    7 For the righteous Lord loves justice.

       The virtuous will see his face.

  • John 10:22-42

    Jesus Claims to Be the Son of God

    22 It was now winter, and Jesus was in Jerusalem at the time of Hanukkah, the Festival of Dedication. 23 He was in the Temple, walking through the section known as Solomon’s Colonnade. 24 The people surrounded him and asked, “How long are you going to keep us in suspense? If you are the Messiah, tell us plainly.”

    25 Jesus replied, “I have already told you, and you don’t believe me. The proof is the work I do in my Father’s name. 26 But you don’t believe me because you are not my sheep. 27 My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me.28 I give them eternal life, and they will never perish. No one can snatch them away from me, 29 for my Father has given them to me, and he is more powerful than anyone else. No one can snatch them from the Father’s hand. 30 The Father and I are one.”

    31 Once again the people picked up stones to kill him. 32 Jesus said, “At my Father’s direction I have done many good works. For which one are you going to stone me?”

    33 They replied, “We’re stoning you not for any good work, but for blasphemy! You, a mere man, claim to be God.”

    34 Jesus replied, “It is written in your own Scriptures that God said to certain leaders of the people, ‘I say, you are gods!’ 35 And you know that the Scriptures cannot be altered. So if those people who received God’s message were called ‘gods,’ 36 why do you call it blasphemy when I say, ‘I am the Son of God’? After all, the Father set me apart and sent me into the world. 37 Don’t believe me unless I carry out my Father’s work. 38 But if I do his work, believe in the evidence of the miraculous works I have done, even if you don’t believe me. Then you will know and understand that the Father is in me, and I am in the Father.”

    39 Once again they tried to arrest him, but he got away and left them. 40 He went beyond the Jordan River near the place where John was first baptizing and stayed there awhile. 41 And many followed him. “John didn’t perform miraculous signs,” they remarked to one another, “but everything he said about this man has come true.” 42 And many who were there believed in Jesus.

  • Proverbs 15:11-15

    11 Even Death and Destruction hold no secrets from the Lord.

       How much more does he know the human heart!

    12 Mockers hate to be corrected,

       so they stay away from the wise.

    13 A glad heart makes a happy face;

       a broken heart crushes the spirit.

    14 A wise person is hungry for knowledge,

       while the fool feeds on trash.

    15 For the despondent, every day brings trouble;

       for the happy heart, life is a continual feast.