Aug 31st, 2020
Today in worship we read a passage from Romans and practiced a spiritual discipline known as Lectio Divina(Divine Reading). The idea is to read (or listen to) the passage several times and pay attention to what the Spirit of God might be revealing to you. It is not study, it is listening, meditating, contemplating.
One takeaway from this morning is how important and orienting this passage is for us who wish to follow Jesus. (The Gospel passage today talked about taking up our cross and following Jesus.) We decided it would be a good practice to meditate on this passage regularly, especially in this season. So here it is - recorded as it was read in worship and written out so you can have it on your own.
This particular translation was completed by Pastor Matt. (If you choose to read it on your own, obviously feel free to use whatever translation you like.)
Here is the basic process of Lectio Divina
Silence. Ask God to help you be open to what God has to say.
Listen to or read the passage three times, pausing for silence between each reading.
While you listen, pay attention for a word or phrase that catches your attention - meditate on it - discern God’s voice to you
Contemplate (silence & sharing). You might want to journal what you're hearing. Accept and offer to God what you received - even it is nothing or if you were distracted.
Here is the passage written out, if you'd like to read it yourself:
Let love be truly honest. Reject what is evil. Cling to what is good. Love each other as treasured family, try to outdo each other in showing honor; Don’t hold back your enthusiasm, serve the Lord with excitement; rejoicing in hope, enduring in troubles, persevering in prayer; contributing to the needs of God’s people; eagerly receiving strangers as a honored guests.
Bless those who persecute you; bless, and do not curse. Rejoice with those who rejoice. Weep with those who weep. Find unity and equality between all people. Don’t think so highly of yourselves, but associate with humble people. Don’t consider yourself the smartest person in the room.
Do not repay evil for evil. Respect what is honorable in the sight of all people. If it is possible, as much as it is up to you, be at peace with all people. Don’t seek revenge, dear friends, but give place to God’s displeasure at wrongdoing. For it is written, “‘The ultimate making of all things right is mine; I will repay,’ says the Lord.” Therefore, “If your enemy is hungry, feed them. If they are thirsty, give them a drink; for in doing so, you will heap coals of fire on their head.” Do not be overcome with evil, but overcome evil with good.