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“The B-I-B-L-E, yes, that’s the book for me!” I can still hear the voices of the Vacation Bible School children singing this song at the top of their lungs. It was in the mountains of eastern Kentucky where a big family bible rested on almost every coffee table. No matter where you go in the U.S., bibles are ubiquitous.
But having a bible and reading the bible are two different things. Even if we think the bible is “the book for us,” it can also be intimidating. How can we grow in faith by listening to the bible with our hearts? Here are the steps for lectio divina, or divine reading:
Read a verse (or verses) one time through, slowly so that it sinks in.
Read a second time, reflecting on what words or phrases jump out for you.
Read a third time, listen quietly for what God is saying to you.
Read a fourth time, resting in the Word of God as it transforms you.
Take your time. Listen with your heart. Go deeper in faith.
Pastor Mary Beth
Note: For a place to start, check out the Psalms or one of the gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke or John).
Another Note: This Sunday evening you will have an opportunity to learn and practice lectio divina in a small group at 7:30 pm in the chapel. All are welcome.