Lectio: Read carefully,
looking at sequence and detail. Imagine the time of day,
sounds, smells, touches. Make the scene real to you.
Meditatio: Read again.
Why was this recorded? Why is it significant? What
does it mean? How does it change how you see God?
How does it change how you see yourself?
again, focusing on your feelings. Does it make you feel
angry, sad, happy, guilty? Talk this through with God,
either silently or out loud. Comment on anything in the
passage that you respond to.
quietly, and let your mind go blank. Concentrate on your
breathing. Simply take time to listen to your heart.
Notice any thoughts that enter your mind, then return to being
open. After a time, thank God for the experience of
exploring scripture, then go on refreshed.
This summary of lectio divina, the art of the contemplative
praying of the scriptures, was developed by Sarah Keilholtz
during her internship as vicar at Trinity Church.
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