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 or listen to the passage below slowly and carefully. You may want to read or listen to the passage in a different translation
Identify a word or phrase that captures your attention or jumps out at you.
But about that day or hour no one knows, neither the angels in heaven nor the Son, but only the Father. Beware, keep alert, for you do not know when the time will come. It is like a man going on a journey, when he leaves home and puts his slaves in charge, each with his work, and commands the doorkeeper to be on the watch. Therefore, keep awake, for you do not know when the master of the house will come, in the evening or at midnight or at cockcrow or at dawn, or else he may find you asleep when he comes suddenly. And what I say to you I say to all: Keep awake.
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.