18 December | Lectio Divina

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18th Dec 2023

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:

  • READ


Read or listen to the passage below slowly and carefully.
Identify a word or phrase that captures your attention or jumps out at you.

Luke 1:26-28
In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent by God to a town in Galilee called Nazareth, to a virgin engaged to a man whose name
was Joseph, of the house of David. The virgin’s name was Mary.
And he came to her and said, “Greetings, favored one! The Lord is with you.”


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, peace, love and joy that Jesus will come again to make all things new.
In what ways is the hope, peace, love and joy 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, peace, love and joy 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.