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

  • Proverbs 3:3-8

    3 Never let loyalty and kindness leave you!

       Tie them around your neck as a reminder.

       Write them deep within your heart.

    4 Then you will find favor with both God and people,

       and you will earn a good reputation.

    5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart;

       do not depend on your own understanding.

    6 Seek his will in all you do,

       and he will show you which path to take.

    7 Don’t be impressed with your own wisdom.

       Instead, fear the Lord and turn away from evil.

    8 Then you will have healing for your body

       and strength for your bones.

  • 1 Kings 17:8-16

    8 Then the Lord said to Elijah, 9 “Go and live in the village of Zarephath, near the city of Sidon. I have instructed a widow there to feed you.”

    10 So he went to Zarephath. As he arrived at the gates of the village, he saw a widow gathering sticks, and he asked her, “Would you please bring me a little water in a cup?” 11 As she was going to get it, he called to her, “Bring me a bite of bread, too.”

    12 But she said, “I swear by the Lord your God that I don’t have a single piece of bread in the house. And I have only a handful of flour left in the jar and a little cooking oil in the bottom of the jug. I was just gathering a few sticks to cook this last meal, and then my son and I will die.”

    13 But Elijah said to her, “Don’t be afraid! Go ahead and do just what you’ve said, but make a little bread for me first. Then use what’s left to prepare a meal for yourself and your son. 14 For this is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says: There will always be flour and olive oil left in your containers until the time when the Lord sends rain and the crops grow again!”

    15 So she did as Elijah said, and she and Elijah and her family continued to eat for many days. 16 There was always enough flour and olive oil left in the containers, just as the Lord had promised through Elijah.

  • 1 Corinthians 14:13-25

    13 So anyone who speaks in tongues should pray also for the ability to interpret what has been said. 14 For if I pray in tongues, my spirit is praying, but I don’t understand what I am saying.

    15 Well then, what shall I do? I will pray in the spirit, and I will also pray in words I understand. I will sing in the spirit, and I will also sing in words I understand. 16 For if you praise God only in the spirit, how can those who don’t understand you praise God along with you? How can they join you in giving thanks when they don’t understand what you are saying? 17 You will be giving thanks very well, but it won’t strengthen the people who hear you.

    18 I thank God that I speak in tongues more than any of you. 19 But in a church meeting I would rather speak five understandable words to help others than ten thousand words in an unknown language.

    20 Dear brothers and sisters, don’t be childish in your understanding of these things. Be innocent as babies when it comes to evil, but be mature in understanding matters of this kind. 21 It is written in the Scriptures:

    “I will speak to my own people

       through strange languages

       and through the lips of foreigners.

    But even then, they will not listen to me,”

       says the Lord.

    22 So you see that speaking in tongues is a sign, not for believers, but for unbelievers. Prophecy, however, is for the benefit of believers, not unbelievers. 23 Even so, if unbelievers or people who don’t understand these things come into your church meeting and hear everyone speaking in an unknown language, they will think you are crazy. 24 But if all of you are prophesying, and unbelievers or people who don’t understand these things come into your meeting, they will be convicted of sin and judged by what you say. 25 As they listen, their secret thoughts will be exposed, and they will fall to their knees and worship God, declaring, “God is truly here among you.”

  • PSALM 56

    1 O God, have mercy on me,

       for people are hounding me.

       My foes attack me all day long.

    2 I am constantly hounded by those who slander me,

       and many are boldly attacking me.

    3 But when I am afraid,

       I will put my trust in you.

    4 I praise God for what he has promised.

       I trust in God, so why should I be afraid?

       What can mere mortals do to me?

    5 They are always twisting what I say;

       they spend their days plotting to harm me.

    6 They come together to spy on me—

       watching my every step, eager to kill me.

    7 Don’t let them get away with their wickedness;

       in your anger, O God, bring them down.

    8 You keep track of all my sorrows.

       You have collected all my tears in your bottle.

       You have recorded each one in your book.

    9 My enemies will retreat when I call to you for help.

       This I know: God is on my side!

    10 I praise God for what he has promised;

       yes, I praise the Lord for what he has promised.

    11 I trust in God, so why should I be afraid?

       What can mere mortals do to me?

    12 I will fulfill my vows to you, O God,

       and will offer a sacrifice of thanks for your help.

    13 For you have rescued me from death;

       you have kept my feet from slipping.

    So now I can walk in your presence, O God,

       in your life-giving light.

  • Luke 19:41-44

    41 But as he came closer to Jerusalem and saw the city ahead, he began to weep. 42 “How I wish today that you of all people would understand the way to peace. But now it is too late, and peace is hidden from your eyes. 43 Before long your enemies will build ramparts against your walls and encircle you and close in on you from every side. 44 They will crush you into the ground, and your children with you. Your enemies will not leave a single stone in place, because you did not recognize it when God visited you.”

  • Proverbs 3:9-18

    9 Honor the Lord with your wealth

       and with the best part of everything you produce.

    10 Then he will fill your barns with grain,

       and your vats will overflow with good wine.

    11 My child, don’t reject the Lord’s discipline,

       and don’t be upset when he corrects you.

    12 For the Lord corrects those he loves,

       just as a father corrects a child in whom he delights.

    13 Joyful is the person who finds wisdom,

       the one who gains understanding.

    14 For wisdom is more profitable than silver,

       and her wages are better than gold.

    15 Wisdom is more precious than rubies;

       nothing you desire can compare with her.

    16 She offers you long life in her right hand,

       and riches and honor in her left.

    17 She will guide you down delightful paths;

       all her ways are satisfying.

    18 Wisdom is a tree of life to those who embrace her;

       happy are those who hold her tightly.

  • Judges 5:1-11

    1 On that day Deborah and Barak son of Abinoam sang this song:

    2 “Israel’s leaders took charge,

       and the people gladly followed.

    Praise the Lord!

    3 “Listen, you kings!

       Pay attention, you mighty rulers!

    For I will sing to the Lord.

       I will make music to the Lord, the God of Israel.

    4 “Lord, when you set out from Seir

       and marched across the fields of Edom,

    the earth trembled,

       and the cloudy skies poured down rain.

    5 The mountains quaked in the presence of the Lord,

       the God of Mount Sinai—

    in the presence of the Lord,

       the God of Israel.

    6 “In the days of Shamgar son of Anath,

       and in the days of Jael,

    people avoided the main roads,

       and travelers stayed on winding pathways.

    7 There were few people left in the villages of Israel—

       until Deborah arose as a mother for Israel.

    8 When Israel chose new gods,

       war erupted at the city gates.

    Yet not a shield or spear could be seen

       among forty thousand warriors in Israel!

    9 My heart is with the commanders of Israel,

       with those who volunteered for war.

    Praise the Lord!

    10 “Consider this, you who ride on fine donkeys,

       you who sit on fancy saddle blankets,

       and you who walk along the road.

    11 Listen to the village musicians

       gathered at the watering holes.

    They recount the righteous victories of the Lord

       and the victories of his villagers in Israel.

    Then the people of the Lord

       marched down to the city gates.

  • 2 Timothy 3:1-9

    1 You should know this, Timothy, that in the last days there will be very difficult times. 2 For people will love only themselves and their money. They will be boastful and proud, scoffing at God, disobedient to their parents, and ungrateful. They will consider nothing sacred. 3 They will be unloving and unforgiving; they will slander others and have no self-control. They will be cruel and hate what is good. 4 They will betray their friends, be reckless, be puffed up with pride, and love pleasure rather than God. 5 They will act religious, but they will reject the power that could make them godly. Stay away from people like that!

    6 They are the kind who work their way into people’s homes and win the confidence of[a] vulnerable women who are burdened with the guilt of sin and controlled by various desires. 7 (Such women are forever following new teachings, but they are never able to understand the truth.) 8 These teachers oppose the truth just as Jannes and Jambres opposed Moses. They have depraved minds and a counterfeit faith. 9 But they won’t get away with this for long. Someday everyone will recognize what fools they are, just as with Jannes and Jambres.

  • Psalm 115:1-8

    1 You should know this, Timothy, that in the last days there will be very difficult times. 2 For people will love only themselves and their money. They will be boastful and proud, scoffing at God, disobedient to their parents, and ungrateful. They will consider nothing sacred. 3 They will be unloving and unforgiving; they will slander others and have no self-control. They will be cruel and hate what is good. 4 They will betray their friends, be reckless, be puffed up with pride, and love pleasure rather than God. 5 They will act religious, but they will reject the power that could make them godly. Stay away from people like that!

    6 They are the kind who work their way into people’s homes and win the confidence of vulnerable women who are burdened with the guilt of sin and controlled by various desires. 7 (Such women are forever following new teachings, but they are never able to understand the truth.) 8 These teachers oppose the truth just as Jannes and Jambres opposed Moses. They have depraved minds and a counterfeit faith. 9 But they won’t get away with this for long. Someday everyone will recognize what fools they are, just as with Jannes and Jambres.

  • Luke 5:27-32

    27 Later, as Jesus left the town, he saw a tax collector named Levi sitting at his tax collector’s booth. “Follow me and be my disciple,” Jesus said to him. 28 So Levi got up, left everything, and followed him.

    29 Later, Levi held a banquet in his home with Jesus as the guest of honor. Many of Levi’s fellow tax collectors and other guests also ate with them. 30 But the Pharisees and their teachers of religious law complained bitterly to Jesus’ disciples, “Why do you eat and drink with such scum?”

    31 Jesus answered them, “Healthy people don’t need a doctor—sick people do. 32 I have come to call not those who think they are righteous, but those who know they are sinners and need to repent.”

  • Proverbs 3:19-26

    19 By wisdom the Lord founded the earth;

       by understanding he created the heavens.

    20 By his knowledge the deep fountains of the earth burst forth,

       and the dew settles beneath the night sky.

    21 My child, don’t lose sight of common sense and discernment.

       Hang on to them,

    22 for they will refresh your soul.

       They are like jewels on a necklace.

    23 They keep you safe on your way,

       and your feet will not stumble.

    24 You can go to bed without fear;

       you will lie down and sleep soundly.

    25 You need not be afraid of sudden disaster

       or the destruction that comes upon the wicked,

    26 for the Lord is your security.

       He will keep your foot from being caught in a trap.

  • Ezra 1:1-11

    1 In the first year of King Cyrus of Persia, the Lord fulfilled the prophecy he had given through Jeremiah. He stirred the heart of Cyrus to put this proclamation in writing and to send it throughout his kingdom:

    2 “This is what King Cyrus of Persia says:

    “The Lord, the God of heaven, has given me all the kingdoms of the earth. He has appointed me to build him a Temple at Jerusalem, which is in Judah. 3 Any of you who are his people may go to Jerusalem in Judah to rebuild this Temple of the Lord, the God of Israel, who lives in Jerusalem. And may your God be with you! 4 Wherever this Jewish remnant is found, let their neighbors contribute toward their expenses by giving them silver and gold, supplies for the journey, and livestock, as well as a voluntary offering for the Temple of God in Jerusalem.”

    5 Then God stirred the hearts of the priests and Levites and the leaders of the tribes of Judah and Benjamin to go to Jerusalem to rebuild the Temple of the Lord. 6 And all their neighbors assisted by giving them articles of silver and gold, supplies for the journey, and livestock. They gave them many valuable gifts in addition to all the voluntary offerings.

    7 King Cyrus himself brought out the articles that King Nebuchadnezzar had taken from the Lord’s Temple in Jerusalem and had placed in the temple of his own gods. 8 Cyrus directed Mithredath, the treasurer of Persia, to count these items and present them to Sheshbazzar, the leader of the exiles returning to Judah. 9 This is a list of the items that were returned:

    gold basins 30

    silver basins 1,000

    silver incense burners 29

    10 gold bowls 30

    silver bowls 410

    other items 1,000

    11 In all, there were 5,400 articles of gold and silver. Sheshbazzar brought all of these along when the exiles went from Babylon to Jerusalem.

  • 2 Corinthians 1:12-19

    12 We can say with confidence and a clear conscience that we have lived with a God-given holiness and sincerity in all our dealings. We have depended on God’s grace, not on our own human wisdom. That is how we have conducted ourselves before the world, and especially toward you. 13 Our letters have been straightforward, and there is nothing written between the lines and nothing you can’t understand. I hope someday you will fully understand us, 14 even if you don’t understand us now. Then on the day when the Lord Jesus returns, you will be proud of us in the same way we are proud of you.

    15 Since I was so sure of your understanding and trust, I wanted to give you a double blessing by visiting you twice— 16 first on my way to Macedonia and again when I returned from Macedonia. Then you could send me on my way to Judea.

    17 You may be asking why I changed my plan. Do you think I make my plans carelessly? Do you think I am like people of the world who say “Yes” when they really mean “No”? 18 As surely as God is faithful, our word to you does not waver between “Yes” and “No.” 19 For Jesus Christ, the Son of God, does not waver between “Yes” and “No.” He is the one whom Silas, Timothy, and I preached to you, and as God’s ultimate “Yes,” he always does what he says.

  • PSALM 120

    1 I took my troubles to the Lord;

       I cried out to him, and he answered my prayer.

    2 Rescue me, O Lord, from liars

       and from all deceitful people.

    3 O deceptive tongue, what will God do to you?

       How will he increase your punishment?

    4 You will be pierced with sharp arrows

       and burned with glowing coals.

    5 How I suffer in far-off Meshech.

       It pains me to live in distant Kedar.

    6 I am tired of living

       among people who hate peace.

    7 I search for peace;

       but when I speak of peace, they want war!

  • Luke 11:37-52

    37 As Jesus was speaking, one of the Pharisees invited him home for a meal. So he went in and took his place at the table. 38 His host was amazed to see that he sat down to eat without first performing the hand-washing ceremony required by Jewish custom. 39 Then the Lord said to him, “You Pharisees are so careful to clean the outside of the cup and the dish, but inside you are filthy—full of greed and wickedness! 40 Fools! Didn’t God make the inside as well as the outside? 41 So clean the inside by giving gifts to the poor, and you will be clean all over.

    42 “What sorrow awaits you Pharisees! For you are careful to tithe even the tiniest income from your herb gardens, but you ignore justice and the love of God. You should tithe, yes, but do not neglect the more important things.

    43 “What sorrow awaits you Pharisees! For you love to sit in the seats of honor in the synagogues and receive respectful greetings as you walk in the marketplaces. 44 Yes, what sorrow awaits you! For you are like hidden graves in a field. People walk over them without knowing the corruption they are stepping on.”

    45 “Teacher,” said an expert in religious law, “you have insulted us, too, in what you just said.”

    46 “Yes,” said Jesus, “what sorrow also awaits you experts in religious law! For you crush people with unbearable religious demands, and you never lift a finger to ease the burden. 47 What sorrow awaits you! For you build monuments for the prophets your own ancestors killed long ago. 48 But in fact, you stand as witnesses who agree with what your ancestors did. They killed the prophets, and you join in their crime by building the monuments! 49 This is what God in his wisdom said about you: ‘I will send prophets and apostles to them, but they will kill some and persecute the others.’

    50 “As a result, this generation will be held responsible for the murder of all God’s prophets from the creation of the world— 51 from the murder of Abel to the murder of Zechariah, who was killed between the altar and the sanctuary. Yes, it will certainly be charged against this generation.

    52 “What sorrow awaits you experts in religious law! For you remove the key to knowledge from the people. You don’t enter the Kingdom yourselves, and you prevent others from entering.”

  • Proverbs 3:27-35

    27 Do not withhold good from those who deserve it

       when it’s in your power to help them.

    28 If you can help your neighbor now, don’t say,

       “Come back tomorrow, and then I’ll help you.”

    29 Don’t plot harm against your neighbor,

       for those who live nearby trust you.

    30 Don’t pick a fight without reason,

       when no one has done you harm.

    31 Don’t envy violent people

       or copy their ways.

    32 Such wicked people are detestable to the Lord,

       but he offers his friendship to the godly.

    33 The Lord curses the house of the wicked,

       but he blesses the home of the upright.

    34 The Lord mocks the mockers

       but is gracious to the humble.

    35 The wise inherit honor,

       but fools are put to shame!

  • Genesis 33:1-17

    1 Then Jacob looked up and saw Esau coming with his 400 men. So he divided the children among Leah, Rachel, and his two servant wives. 2 He put the servant wives and their children at the front, Leah and her children next, and Rachel and Joseph last. 3 Then Jacob went on ahead. As he approached his brother, he bowed to the ground seven times before him. 4 Then Esau ran to meet him and embraced him, threw his arms around his neck, and kissed him. And they both wept.

    5 Then Esau looked at the women and children and asked, “Who are these people with you?”

    “These are the children God has graciously given to me, your servant,” Jacob replied. 6 Then the servant wives came forward with their children and bowed before him. 7 Next came Leah with her children, and they bowed before him. Finally, Joseph and Rachel came forward and bowed before him.

    8 “And what were all the flocks and herds I met as I came?” Esau asked.

    Jacob replied, “They are a gift, my lord, to ensure your friendship.”

    9 “My brother, I have plenty,” Esau answered. “Keep what you have for yourself.”

    10 But Jacob insisted, “No, if I have found favor with you, please accept this gift from me. And what a relief to see your friendly smile. It is like seeing the face of God! 11 Please take this gift I have brought you, for God has been very gracious to me. I have more than enough.” And because Jacob insisted, Esau finally accepted the gift.

    12 “Well,” Esau said, “let’s be going. I will lead the way.”

    13 But Jacob replied, “You can see, my lord, that some of the children are very young, and the flocks and herds have their young, too. If they are driven too hard, even for one day, all the animals could die. 14 Please, my lord, go ahead of your servant. We will follow slowly, at a pace that is comfortable for the livestock and the children. I will meet you at Seir.”

    15 “All right,” Esau said, “but at least let me assign some of my men to guide and protect you.”

    Jacob responded, “That’s not necessary. It’s enough that you’ve received me warmly, my lord!”

    16 So Esau turned around and started back to Seir that same day. 17 Jacob, on the other hand, traveled on to Succoth. There he built himself a house and made shelters for his livestock. That is why the place was named Succoth (which means “shelters”).

  • 1 Corinthians 11:17-22

    17 But in the following instructions, I cannot praise you. For it sounds as if more harm than good is done when you meet together. 18 First, I hear that there are divisions among you when you meet as a church, and to some extent I believe it. 19 But, of course, there must be divisions among you so that you who have God’s approval will be recognized!

    20 When you meet together, you are not really interested in the Lord’s Supper. 21 For some of you hurry to eat your own meal without sharing with others. As a result, some go hungry while others get drunk. 22 What? Don’t you have your own homes for eating and drinking? Or do you really want to disgrace God’s church and shame the poor? What am I supposed to say? Do you want me to praise you? Well, I certainly will not praise you for this!

  • Psalm 38:1-15

    1 O Lord, don’t rebuke me in your anger

       or discipline me in your rage!

    2 Your arrows have struck deep,

       and your blows are crushing me.

    3 Because of your anger, my whole body is sick;

       my health is broken because of my sins.

    4 My guilt overwhelms me—

       it is a burden too heavy to bear.

    5 My wounds fester and stink

       because of my foolish sins.

    6 I am bent over and racked with pain.

       All day long I walk around filled with grief.

    7 A raging fever burns within me,

       and my health is broken.

    8 I am exhausted and completely crushed.

       My groans come from an anguished heart.

    9 You know what I long for, Lord;

       you hear my every sigh.

    10 My heart beats wildly, my strength fails,

       and I am going blind.

    11 My loved ones and friends stay away, fearing my disease.

       Even my own family stands at a distance.

    12 Meanwhile, my enemies lay traps to kill me.

       Those who wish me harm make plans to ruin me.

       All day long they plan their treachery.

    13 But I am deaf to all their threats.

       I am silent before them as one who cannot speak.

    14 I choose to hear nothing,

       and I make no reply.

    15 For I am waiting for you, O Lord.

       You must answer for me, O Lord my God.

  • Luke 17:1-4

    1 One day Jesus said to his disciples, “There will always be temptations to sin, but what sorrow awaits the person who does the tempting! 2 It would be better to be thrown into the sea with a millstone hung around your neck than to cause one of these little ones to fall into sin. 3 So watch yourselves!

    “If another believer sins, rebuke that person; then if there is repentance, forgive. 4 Even if that person wrongs you seven times a day and each time turns again and asks forgiveness, you must forgive.”