As the daughter of a minister, I’ve been reading, hearing, and learning about the Bible for literally my entire life. It wasn’t until I reached my thirties, though, that I was introduced to lectio divina (or sacred reading). This practice—based on the idea that the biblical text is “living and active”—involves not only reading a passage of scripture for literal understanding, but contemplating it, and even inviting God to speak through the text to me, perhaps in a way that is immediately relevant to current struggles, joys, tasks, or season of life. Descriptions of lectio divina can be found easily online or even at the public library; one of my favorites is here.
Because I’ve found sacred reading to be a particularly rich practice, I thought shadowwonder readers might enjoy it as well--especially if you're not familiar with it. So, if you’d like to give it a try, the next few posts are for you. In them, you'll find a series of activities and questions which center on what may be a very familiar narrative.
More on that soon. But in the meantime, if you choose to participate, my hope is that you might be renewed and encouraged.
If you're ready for Day One, here it is.
P.S.—Feel free to let me know if you plan to follow along . . . I'd love to know. :-)