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

    • Genesis 35:1-15

      Jacob’s Return to Bethel

      1 Then God said to Jacob, “Get ready and move to Bethel and settle there. Build an altar there to the God who appeared to you when you fled from your brother, Esau.”

      2 So Jacob told everyone in his household, “Get rid of all your pagan idols, purify yourselves, and put on clean clothing. 3 We are now going to Bethel, where I will build an altar to the God who answered my prayers when I was in distress. He has been with me wherever I have gone.”

      4 So they gave Jacob all their pagan idols and earrings, and he buried them under the great tree near Shechem. 5 As they set out, a terror from God spread over the people in all the towns of that area, so no one attacked Jacob’s family.

      6 Eventually, Jacob and his household arrived at Luz (also called Bethel) in Canaan. 7 Jacob built an altar there and named the place El-bethel (which means “God of Bethel”), because God had appeared to him there when he was fleeing from his brother, Esau.

      8 Soon after this, Rebekah’s old nurse, Deborah, died. She was buried beneath the oak tree in the valley below Bethel. Ever since, the tree has been called Allon-bacuth (which means “oak of weeping”).

      9 Now that Jacob had returned from Paddan-aram, God appeared to him again at Bethel. God blessed him, 10 saying, “Your name is Jacob, but you will not be called Jacob any longer. From now on your name will be Israel.” So God renamed him Israel.

      11 Then God said, “I am El-Shaddai—‘God Almighty.’ Be fruitful and multiply. You will become a great nation, even many nations. Kings will be among your descendants! 12 And I will give you the land I once gave to Abraham and Isaac. Yes, I will give it to you and your descendants after you.” 13 Then God went up from the place where he had spoken to Jacob.

      14 Jacob set up a stone pillar to mark the place where God had spoken to him. Then he poured wine over it as an offering to God and anointed the pillar with olive oil. 15 And Jacob named the place Bethel (which means “house of God”), because God had spoken to him there.

    • Acts 8:4-13

      Philip Preaches in Samaria

      4 But the believers who were scattered preached the Good News about Jesus wherever they went. 5 Philip, for example, went to the city of Samaria and told the people there about the Messiah. 6 Crowds listened intently to Philip because they were eager to hear his message and see the miraculous signs he did. 7 Many evil spirits were cast out, screaming as they left their victims. And many who had been paralyzed or lame were healed. 8 So there was great joy in that city.

      9 A man named Simon had been a sorcerer there for many years, amazing the people of Samaria and claiming to be someone great. 10 Everyone, from the least to the greatest, often spoke of him as “the Great One—the Power of God.” 11 They listened closely to him because for a long time he had astounded them with his magic.

      12 But now the people believed Philip’s message of Good News concerning the Kingdom of God and the name of Jesus Christ. As a result, many men and women were baptized. 13 Then Simon himself believed and was baptized. He began following Philip wherever he went, and he was amazed by the signs and great miracles Philip performed.

    • Psalm 89:5-18

      5 All heaven will praise your great wonders, Lord;

          myriads of angels will praise you for your faithfulness.

      6 For who in all of heaven can compare with the Lord?

          What mightiest angel is anything like the Lord?

      7 The highest angelic powers stand in awe of God.

          He is far more awesome than all who surround his throne.

      8 O Lord God of Heaven’s Armies!

          Where is there anyone as mighty as you, O Lord?

          You are entirely faithful.

      9 You rule the oceans.

          You subdue their storm-tossed waves.

      10 You crushed the great sea monster.

          You scattered your enemies with your mighty arm.

      11 The heavens are yours, and the earth is yours;

          everything in the world is yours—you created it all.

      12 You created north and south.

          Mount Tabor and Mount Hermon praise your name.

      13 Powerful is your arm!

          Strong is your hand!

          Your right hand is lifted high in glorious strength.

      14 Righteousness and justice are the foundation of your throne.

          Unfailing love and truth walk before you as attendants.

      15 Happy are those who hear the joyful call to worship,

          for they will walk in the light of your presence, Lord.

      16 They rejoice all day long in your wonderful reputation.

          They exult in your righteousness.

      17 You are their glorious strength.

          It pleases you to make us strong.

      18 Yes, our protection comes from the Lord,

          and he, the Holy One of Israel, has given us our king.

    • Mark 1:14-15

      14 Later on, after John was arrested, Jesus went into Galilee, where he preached God’s Good News. 15 “The time promised by God has come at last!” he announced. “The Kingdom of God is near! Repent of your sins and believe the Good News!”

    • Proverbs 1:20-33

      Wisdom Shouts in the Streets

      20 Wisdom shouts in the streets.

          She cries out in the public square.

      21 She calls to the crowds along the main street,

          to those gathered in front of the city gate:

      22 “How long, you simpletons,

          will you insist on being simpleminded?

      How long will you mockers relish your mocking?

          How long will you fools hate knowledge?

      23 Come and listen to my counsel.

      I’ll share my heart with you

          and make you wise.

      24 “I called you so often, but you wouldn’t come.

          I reached out to you, but you paid no attention.

      25 You ignored my advice

          and rejected the correction I offered.

      26 So I will laugh when you are in trouble!

          I will mock you when disaster overtakes you—

      27 when calamity overtakes you like a storm,

          when disaster engulfs you like a cyclone,

          and anguish and distress overwhelm you.

      28 “When they cry for help, I will not answer.

          Though they anxiously search for me, they will not find me.

      29 For they hated knowledge

          and chose not to fear the Lord.

      30 They rejected my advice

          and paid no attention when I corrected them.

      31 Therefore, they must eat the bitter fruit of living their own way,

          choking on their own schemes.

      32 For simpletons turn away from me—to death.

          Fools are destroyed by their own complacency.

      33 But all who listen to me will live in peace,

          untroubled by fear of harm.”

    • Exodus 12:1-13

      The First Passover

      12 While the Israelites were still in the land of Egypt, the Lord gave the following instructions to Moses and Aaron: 2 “From now on, this month will be the first month of the year for you. 3 Announce to the whole community of Israel that on the tenth day of this month each family must choose a lamb or a young goat for a sacrifice, one animal for each household. 4 If a family is too small to eat a whole animal, let them share with another family in the neighborhood. Divide the animal according to the size of each family and how much they can eat. 5 The animal you select must be a one-year-old male, either a sheep or a goat, with no defects.

      6 “Take special care of this chosen animal until the evening of the fourteenth day of this first month. Then the whole assembly of the community of Israel must slaughter their lamb or young goat at twilight. 7 They are to take some of the blood and smear it on the sides and top of the doorframes of the houses where they eat the animal. 8 That same night they must roast the meat over a fire and eat it along with bitter salad greens and bread made without yeast. 9 Do not eat any of the meat raw or boiled in water. The whole animal—including the head, legs, and internal organs—must be roasted over a fire. 10 Do not leave any of it until the next morning. Burn whatever is not eaten before morning.

      11 “These are your instructions for eating this meal: Be fully dressed, wear your sandals, and carry your walking stick in your hand. Eat the meal with urgency, for this is the Lord’s Passover. 12 On that night I will pass through the land of Egypt and strike down every firstborn son and firstborn male animal in the land of Egypt. I will execute judgment against all the gods of Egypt, for I am the Lord! 13 But the blood on your doorposts will serve as a sign, marking the houses where you are staying. When I see the blood, I will pass over you. This plague of death will not touch you when I strike the land of Egypt.

    • Hebrews 10:1-3

      Christ’s Sacrifice Once for All

      10 The old system under the law of Moses was only a shadow, a dim preview of the good things to come, not the good things themselves. The sacrifices under that system were repeated again and again, year after year, but they were never able to provide perfect cleansing for those who came to worship. 2 If they could have provided perfect cleansing, the sacrifices would have stopped, for the worshipers would have been purified once for all time, and their feelings of guilt would have disappeared.

      3 But instead, those sacrifices actually reminded them of their sins year after year.

    • Psalm 40:6-17

      6 You take no delight in sacrifices or offerings.

          Now that you have made me listen, I finally understand—

          you don’t require burnt offerings or sin offerings.

      7 Then I said, “Look, I have come.

          As is written about me in the Scriptures:

      8 I take joy in doing your will, my God,

          for your instructions are written on my heart.”

      9 I have told all your people about your justice.

          I have not been afraid to speak out,

          as you, O Lord, well know.

      10 I have not kept the good news of your justice hidden in my heart;

          I have talked about your faithfulness and saving power.

      I have told everyone in the great assembly

          of your unfailing love and faithfulness.

      11 Lord, don’t hold back your tender mercies from me.

          Let your unfailing love and faithfulness always protect me.

      12 For troubles surround me—

          too many to count!

      My sins pile up so high

          I can’t see my way out.

      They outnumber the hairs on my head.

          I have lost all courage.

      13 Please, Lord, rescue me!

          Come quickly, Lord, and help me.

      14 May those who try to destroy me

          be humiliated and put to shame.

      May those who take delight in my trouble

          be turned back in disgrace.

      15 Let them be horrified by their shame,

          for they said, “Aha! We’ve got him now!”

      16 But may all who search for you

          be filled with joy and gladness in you.

      May those who love your salvation

          repeatedly shout, “The Lord is great!”

      17 As for me, since I am poor and needy,

          let the Lord keep me in his thoughts.

      You are my helper and my savior.

          O my God, do not delay.

    • Mark 1:16-20

      The First Disciples

      16 One day as Jesus was walking along the shore of the Sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and his brother Andrew throwing a net into the water, for they fished for a living. 17 Jesus called out to them, “Come, follow me, and I will show you how to fish for people!” 18 And they left their nets at once and followed him.

      19 A little farther up the shore Jesus saw Zebedee’s sons, James and John, in a boat repairing their nets. 20 He called them at once, and they also followed him, leaving their father, Zebedee, in the boat with the hired men.

    • Proverbs 2:1-11

      1 My child, listen to what I say,

          and treasure my commands.

      2 Tune your ears to wisdom,

          and concentrate on understanding.

      3 Cry out for insight,

          and ask for understanding.

      4 Search for them as you would for silver;

          seek them like hidden treasures.

      5 Then you will understand what it means to fear the Lord,

          and you will gain knowledge of God.

      6 For the Lord grants wisdom!

          From his mouth come knowledge and understanding.

      7 He grants a treasure of common sense to the honest.

          He is a shield to those who walk with integrity.

      8 He guards the paths of the just

          and protects those who are faithful to him.

      9 Then you will understand what is right, just, and fair,

          and you will find the right way to go.

      10 For wisdom will enter your heart,

          and knowledge will fill you with joy.

      11 Wise choices will watch over you.

          Understanding will keep you safe.

    • Judges 6:11-24

      11 Then the angel of the Lord came and sat beneath the great tree at Ophrah, which belonged to Joash of the clan of Abiezer. Gideon son of Joash was threshing wheat at the bottom of a winepress to hide the grain from the Midianites. 12 The angel of the Lord appeared to him and said, “Mighty hero, the Lord is with you!”

      13 “Sir,” Gideon replied, “if the Lord is with us, why has all this happened to us? And where are all the miracles our ancestors told us about? Didn’t they say, ‘The Lord brought us up out of Egypt’? But now the Lord has abandoned us and handed us over to the Midianites.”

      14 Then the Lord turned to him and said, “Go with the strength you have, and rescue Israel from the Midianites. I am sending you!”

      15 “But Lord,” Gideon replied, “how can I rescue Israel? My clan is the weakest in the whole tribe of Manasseh, and I am the least in my entire family!”

      16 The Lord said to him, “I will be with you. And you will destroy the Midianites as if you were fighting against one man.”

      17 Gideon replied, “If you are truly going to help me, show me a sign to prove that it is really the Lord speaking to me. 18 Don’t go away until I come back and bring my offering to you.”

      He answered, “I will stay here until you return.”

      19 Gideon hurried home. He cooked a young goat, and with a basket of flour he baked some bread without yeast. Then, carrying the meat in a basket and the broth in a pot, he brought them out and presented them to the angel, who was under the great tree.

      20 The angel of God said to him, “Place the meat and the unleavened bread on this rock, and pour the broth over it.” And Gideon did as he was told. 21 Then the angel of the Lord touched the meat and bread with the tip of the staff in his hand, and fire flamed up from the rock and consumed all he had brought. And the angel of the Lord disappeared.

      22 When Gideon realized that it was the angel of the Lord, he cried out, “Oh, Sovereign Lord, I’m doomed! I have seen the angel of the Lord face to face!”

      23 “It is all right,” the Lord replied. “Do not be afraid. You will not die.” 24 And Gideon built an altar to the Lord there and named it Yahweh-Shalom (which means “the Lord is peace”). The altar remains in Ophrah in the land of the clan of Abiezer to this day.

    • Philippians 4:6-14

      6 Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. 7 Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.

      8 And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise. 9 Keep putting into practice all you learned and received from me—everything you heard from me and saw me doing. Then the God of peace will be with you.

      Paul’s Thanks for Their Gifts

      10 How I praise the Lord that you are concerned about me again. I know you have always been concerned for me, but you didn’t have the chance to help me. 11 Not that I was ever in need, for I have learned how to be content with whatever I have. 12 I know how to live on almost nothing or with everything. I have learned the secret of living in every situation, whether it is with a full stomach or empty, with plenty or little. 13 For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength. 14 Even so, you have done well to share with me in my present difficulty.

    • Psalm 27:7-14

      7 Hear me as I pray, O Lord.

          Be merciful and answer me!

      8 My heart has heard you say, “Come and talk with me.”

          And my heart responds, “Lord, I am coming.”

      9 Do not turn your back on me.

          Do not reject your servant in anger.

          You have always been my helper.

      Don’t leave me now; don’t abandon me,

          O God of my salvation!

      10 Even if my father and mother abandon me,

          the Lord will hold me close.

      11 Teach me how to live, O Lord.

          Lead me along the right path,

          for my enemies are waiting for me.

      12 Do not let me fall into their hands.

          For they accuse me of things I’ve never done;

          with every breath they threaten me with violence.

      13 Yet I am confident I will see the Lord’s goodness

          while I am here in the land of the living.

      14 Wait patiently for the Lord.

          Be brave and courageous.

          Yes, wait patiently for the Lord.

    • Mark 1:21-28

      Jesus Casts Out an Evil Spirit

      21 Jesus and his companions went to the town of Capernaum. When the Sabbath day came, he went into the synagogue and began to teach. 22 The people were amazed at his teaching, for he taught with real authority—quite unlike the teachers of religious law.

      23 Suddenly, a man in the synagogue who was possessed by an evil spirit cried out, 24 “Why are you interfering with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are—the Holy One of God!”

      25 But Jesus reprimanded him. “Be quiet! Come out of the man,” he ordered. 26 At that, the evil spirit screamed, threw the man into a convulsion, and then came out of him.

      27 Amazement gripped the audience, and they began to discuss what had happened. “What sort of new teaching is this?” they asked excitedly. “It has such authority! Even evil spirits obey his orders!” 28 The news about Jesus spread quickly throughout the entire region of Galilee.

    • Proverbs 2:12-22

      12 Wisdom will save you from evil people,

          from those whose words are twisted.

      13 These men turn from the right way

          to walk down dark paths.

      14 They take pleasure in doing wrong,

          and they enjoy the twisted ways of evil.

      15 Their actions are crooked,

          and their ways are wrong.

      16 Wisdom will save you from the immoral woman,

          from the seductive words of the promiscuous woman.

      17 She has abandoned her husband

          and ignores the covenant she made before God.

      18 Entering her house leads to death;

          it is the road to the grave.

      19 The man who visits her is doomed.

          He will never reach the paths of life.

      20 So follow the steps of the good,

          and stay on the paths of the righteous.

      21 For only the godly will live in the land,

          and those with integrity will remain in it.

      22 But the wicked will be removed from the land,

          and the treacherous will be uprooted.