4 December | Lectio Divina

Posted by occwebsite
04th 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. You may want to read or listen to the entire passage.
Identify a word or phrase that captures your attention or jumps out at you.

Psalm 80:1-7, 17-19
Give ear, O Shepherd of Israel,
you who lead Joseph like a flock!
You who are enthroned upon the cherubim,
shine forth before Ephraim and Benjamin and Manasseh.
Stir up your might,
and come to save us!
Restore us, O God;
let your face shine, that we may be saved.
O LORD God of hosts,
how long will you be angry with your people’s prayers?


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 that Jesus will come again to make all things new.
In what ways is the hope 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 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.