This week’s spiritual practice is called Lectio Divina. It is a way of reading Scripture with the intention of listening to God as He speaks to you through His Word. Ignatius of Loyola taught a traditional way to practice this discipline. But for this week we have adapted it in order to introduce you to the practice.
We encourage you to try Lectio Divina at least twice this week.
Begin with a prayer of invitation to God.
- Ask God to come. Invite Him to lead, guide and speak to you.
- Let go of what you already know or any perspective you might have before reading the Scripture.
Read the following Scripture at least twice.
Can a woman forget her nursing-child,
or show no compassion for the child of her womb?
Even these may forget,
yet I will not forget you.
See, I have inscribed you on the palms of my hands;
your walls are continually before me.
Your builders outdo your destroyers,
and those who laid you waste go away from you.
Lift up your eyes all around and see;
they all gather, they come to you.
As I live, says the Lord,
you shall put all of them on like an ornament,
and like a bride you shall bind them on.
As you read the Scripture a third time notice what words or phrases catch your attention or seem to rise to the top.
Ask God to speak to you about this word or phrase. Is there a connection with these words to your spiritual growth? A circumstance in your life right now? Maybe a quick look in the dictionary could further define the meaning of the word.
Close with a prayer of praise and thanksgiving.