LECTIO DIVINA

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


READ THE SCRIPTURE

what is the text saying?


MEDITATE ON ITS MEANING FOR YOU

what jumps out to me personally?


PRAY, BASED ON YOUR MEDITATION

what do I say to the Lord?


CONTEMPLATE ON THE PRESENCE OF GOD

allow His Spirit to wash over you


WHAT ARE THE STEPS FORWARD?

what action plan do I plan to take?

    • GENESIS 21: 1-7

      1 The Lord kept his word and did for Sarah exactly what he had promised. 2 She became pregnant, and she gave birth to a son for Abraham in his old age. This happened at just the time God had said it would. 3 And Abraham named their son Isaac. 4 Eight days after Isaac was born, Abraham circumcised him as God had commanded. 5 Abraham was 100 years old when Isaac was born. 6 And Sarah declared, “God has brought me laughter. All who hear about this will laugh with me. 7 Who would have said to Abraham that Sarah would nurse a baby? Yet I have given Abraham a son in his old age!”

    • HEBREWs 11:1-3, 13-19

      1 Faith shows the reality of what we hope for; it is the evidence of things we cannot see. 2 Through their faith, the people in days of old earned a good reputation.

      3 By faith we understand that the entire universe was formed at God’s command, that what we now see did not come from anything that can be seen.


      13 All these people died still believing what God had promised them. They did not receive what was promised, but they saw it all from a distance and welcomed it. They agreed that they were foreigners and nomads here on earth. 14 Obviously people who say such things are looking forward to a country they can call their own. 15 If they had longed for the country they came from, they could have gone back. 16 But they were looking for a better place, a heavenly homeland. That is why God is not ashamed to be called their God, for he has prepared a city for them.


      17 It was by faith that Abraham offered Isaac as a sacrifice when God was testing him. Abraham, who had received God’s promises, was ready to sacrifice his only son, Isaac, 18 even though God had told him, “Isaac is the son through whom your descendants will be counted.” 19 Abraham reasoned that if Isaac died, God was able to bring him back to life again. And in a sense, Abraham did receive his son back from the dead.

    • PSALM 19

      1 The heavens proclaim the glory of God.

          The skies display his craftsmanship.

      2 Day after day they continue to speak;

          night after night they make him known.

      3 They speak without a sound or word;

          their voice is never heard.

      4 Yet their message has gone throughout the earth,

          and their words to all the world.

      God has made a home in the heavens for the sun.

      5 It bursts forth like a radiant bridegroom after his wedding.

          It rejoices like a great athlete eager to run the race.

      6 The sun rises at one end of the heavens

          and follows its course to the other end.

          Nothing can hide from its heat.

      7 The instructions of the Lord are perfect,

          reviving the soul.

      The decrees of the Lord are trustworthy,

          making wise the simple.

      8 The commandments of the Lord are right,

          bringing joy to the heart.

      The commands of the Lord are clear,

          giving insight for living.

      9 Reverence for the Lord is pure,

          lasting forever.

      The laws of the Lord are true;

          each one is fair.

      10 They are more desirable than gold,

          even the finest gold.

      They are sweeter than honey,

          even honey dripping from the comb.

      11 They are a warning to your servant,

          a great reward for those who obey them.

      12 How can I know all the sins lurking in my heart?

          Cleanse me from these hidden faults.

      13 Keep your servant from deliberate sins!

          Don’t let them control me.

      Then I will be free of guilt

          and innocent of great sin.

      14 May the words of my mouth

          and the meditation of my heart

      be pleasing to you,

          O Lord, my rock and my redeemer.

    • mark 1:40-45

      40 A man with leprosy came and knelt in front of Jesus, begging to be healed. “If you are willing, you can heal me and make me clean,” he said.

      41 Moved with compassion, Jesus reached out and touched him. “I am willing,” he said. “Be healed!” 42 Instantly the leprosy disappeared, and the man was healed. 43 Then Jesus sent him on his way with a stern warning: 44 “Don’t tell anyone about this. Instead, go to the priest and let him examine you. Take along the offering required in the law of Moses for those who have been healed of leprosy. This will be a public testimony that you have been cleansed.”

      45 But the man went and spread the word, proclaiming to everyone what had happened. As a result, large crowds soon surrounded Jesus, and he couldn’t publicly enter a town anywhere. He had to stay out in the secluded places, but people from everywhere kept coming to him.

    • Proverbs 4:1-9

      1 My children, listen when your father corrects you.

          Pay attention and learn good judgment,

      2 for I am giving you good guidance.

          Don’t turn away from my instructions.

      3 For I, too, was once my father’s son,

          tenderly loved as my mother’s only child.

      4 My father taught me,

      “Take my words to heart.

          Follow my commands, and you will live.

      5 Get wisdom; develop good judgment.

          Don’t forget my words or turn away from them.

      6 Don’t turn your back on wisdom, for she will protect you.

          Love her, and she will guard you.

      7 Getting wisdom is the wisest thing you can do!

          And whatever else you do, develop good judgment.

      8 If you prize wisdom, she will make you great.

          Embrace her, and she will honor you.

      9 She will place a lovely wreath on your head;

          she will present you with a beautiful crown.”

    • 1 KINGS 6:1-4

      1 It was in midspring, in the month of Ziv, during the fourth year of Solomon’s reign, that he began to construct the Temple of the Lord. This was 480 years after the people of Israel were rescued from their slavery in the land of Egypt.

      2 The Temple that King Solomon built for the Lord was 90 feet long, 30 feet wide, and 45 feet high. 3 The entry room at the front of the Temple was 30 feet wide, running across the entire width of the Temple. It projected outward 15 feet from the front of the Temple. 4 Solomon also made narrow recessed windows throughout the Temple.


      21 Then Solomon overlaid the rest of the Temple’s interior with solid gold, and he made gold chains to protect the entrance to the Most Holy Place. 22 So he finished overlaying the entire Temple with gold, including the altar that belonged to the Most Holy Place.

    • HEBREWS 9: 23-28

      23 That is why the Tabernacle and everything in it, which were copies of things in heaven, had to be purified by the blood of animals. But the real things in heaven had to be purified with far better sacrifices than the blood of animals.

      24 For Christ did not enter into a holy place made with human hands, which was only a copy of the true one in heaven. He entered into heaven itself to appear now before God on our behalf. 25 And he did not enter heaven to offer himself again and again, like the high priest here on earth who enters the Most Holy Place year after year with the blood of an animal. 26 If that had been necessary, Christ would have had to die again and again, ever since the world began. But now, once for all time, he has appeared at the end of the age[a] to remove sin by his own death as a sacrifice.

      27 And just as each person is destined to die once and after that comes judgment, 28 so also Christ was offered once for all time as a sacrifice to take away the sins of many people. He will come again, not to deal with our sins, but to bring salvation to all who are eagerly waiting for him.

    • 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.

    • m

      1 When Jesus returned to Capernaum several days later, the news spread quickly that he was back home. 2 Soon the house where he was staying was so packed with visitors that there was no more room, even outside the door. While he was preaching God’s word to them, 3 four men arrived carrying a paralyzed man on a mat. 4 They couldn’t bring him to Jesus because of the crowd, so they dug a hole through the roof above his head. Then they lowered the man on his mat, right down in front of Jesus. 5 Seeing their faith, Jesus said to the paralyzed man, “My child, your sins are forgiven.”

      6 But some of the teachers of religious law who were sitting there thought to themselves, 7 “What is he saying? This is blasphemy! Only God can forgive sins!”

      8 Jesus knew immediately what they were thinking, so he asked them, “Why do you question this in your hearts? 9 Is it easier to say to the paralyzed man ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or ‘Stand up, pick up your mat, and walk’? 10 So I will prove to you that the Son of Man has the authority on earth to forgive sins.” Then Jesus turned to the paralyzed man and said, 11 “Stand up, pick up your mat, and go home!”

      12 And the man jumped up, grabbed his mat, and walked out through the stunned onlookers. They were all amazed and praised God, exclaiming, “We’ve never seen anything like this before!”


      13 Then Jesus went out to the lakeshore again and taught the crowds that were coming to him. 14 As he walked along, he saw Levi son of Alphaeus sitting at his tax collector’s booth. “Follow me and be my disciple,” Jesus said to him. So Levi got up and followed him.

      15 Later, Levi invited Jesus and his disciples to his home as dinner guests, along with many tax collectors and other disreputable sinners. (There were many people of this kind among Jesus’ followers.) 16 But when the teachers of religious law who were Pharisees saw him eating with tax collectors and other sinners, they asked his disciples, “Why does he eat with such scum?”

      17 When Jesus heard this, he told them, “Healthy people don’t need a doctor—sick people do. I have come to call not those who think they are righteous, but those who know they are sinners.”


      18 Once when John’s disciples and the Pharisees were fasting, some people came to Jesus and asked, “Why don’t your disciples fast like John’s disciples and the Pharisees do?”

      19 Jesus replied, “Do wedding guests fast while celebrating with the groom? Of course not. They can’t fast while the groom is with them. 20 But someday the groom will be taken away from them, and then they will fast.

      21 “Besides, who would patch old clothing with new cloth? For the new patch would shrink and rip away from the old cloth, leaving an even bigger tear than before.

      22 “And no one puts new wine into old wineskins. For the wine would burst the wineskins, and the wine and the skins would both be lost. New wine calls for new wineskins.”


      23 One Sabbath day as Jesus was walking through some grainfields, his disciples began breaking off heads of grain to eat. 24 But the Pharisees said to Jesus, “Look, why are they breaking the law by harvesting grain on the Sabbath?”

      25 Jesus said to them, “Haven’t you ever read in the Scriptures what David did when he and his companions were hungry? 26 He went into the house of God (during the days when Abiathar was high priest) and broke the law by eating the sacred loaves of bread that only the priests are allowed to eat. He also gave some to his companions.”

      27 Then Jesus said to them, “The Sabbath was made to meet the needs of people, and not people to meet the requirements of the Sabbath. 28 So the Son of Man is Lord, even over the Sabbath!”

    • proverbs 4:10-27

      10 My child, listen to me and do as I say,

          and you will have a long, good life.

      11 I will teach you wisdom’s ways

          and lead you in straight paths.

      12 When you walk, you won’t be held back;

          when you run, you won’t stumble.

      13 Take hold of my instructions; don’t let them go.

          Guard them, for they are the key to life.

      14 Don’t do as the wicked do,

          and don’t follow the path of evildoers.

      15 Don’t even think about it; don’t go that way.

          Turn away and keep moving.

      16 For evil people can’t sleep until they’ve done their evil deed for the day.

          They can’t rest until they’ve caused someone to stumble.

      17 They eat the food of wickedness

          and drink the wine of violence!

      18 The way of the righteous is like the first gleam of dawn,

          which shines ever brighter until the full light of day.

      19 But the way of the wicked is like total darkness.

          They have no idea what they are stumbling over.

      20 My child, pay attention to what I say.

          Listen carefully to my words.

      21 Don’t lose sight of them.

          Let them penetrate deep into your heart,

      22 for they bring life to those who find them,

          and healing to their whole body.

      23 Guard your heart above all else,

          for it determines the course of your life.

      24 Avoid all perverse talk;

          stay away from corrupt speech.

      25 Look straight ahead,

          and fix your eyes on what lies before you.

      26 Mark out a straight path for your feet;

          stay on the safe path.

      27 Don’t get sidetracked;

          keep your feet from following evil.