A couple of times a week we will post an exercise known as Lectio Divina [go here to read more about this practice].
There are 4 basic steps:
A voice cries out:
“In the wilderness prepare the way of the LORD;
make straight in the desert a highway for our God.
Every valley shall be lifted up,
and every mountain and hill be made low;
the uneven ground shall become level,
and the rough places a plain.
Then the glory of the LORD shall be revealed,
and all flesh shall see it together,
for the mouth of the LORD has spoken.”
Reflect on the passage using these questions.
What emotions surface for you as you reflect on the passage?
Read through this list and identify the emotions that resonate with you. This list isn’t exhaustive, so other emotions might come to mind.
Peace Fulfillment Excitement Joy Anger Frustration Discouragement Disappointment Confusion Shame Fear Helplessness Acceptance Safety Trust Curiosity Gratitude Delight Sorrow Remorse Hope Surprise Uncertainty Grounded Worry Happiness Anticipation Contentment
How does the word or phrase you identified connect to the things you do in this season?
In what ways does the word or phrase you identified connect with something you hope for in this season?
During Advent, we focus on the hope and peace that Jesus will come again to make all things new.
In what ways is the hope and peace we have in Jesus good news for you today?
Spend a few minutes in prayer.
Give thanks to God for the wisdom found in the Scriptures.
Request understanding and guidance from the Spirit. Then, ask God to fill you with hope and peace so that your hope in Jesus is evident to those with whom you work, go to school with, or interact with.
Respond to God by deciding on one specific attitude or action you’re going to adopt today, in your life, based on what you’ve discovered.