Daily Lectio Divina: Hebrews 12:28-29

Daily Lectio Divina: Hebrews 12:28-29

Episode 625

In this episode of the guided lectio divina podcast, we’re using Hebrews 12:28-29.

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I invite you to visit the Sacred Pilgrim Facebook page where you can share your word or phrase and what came up for you during your prayer time.

Daily Lectio Divina: Isaiah 12:3-4

Daily Lectio Divina: Isaiah 12:3-4

Episode 624

In this episode of the guided lectio divina podcast, we’re using Isaiah 12:3-4.

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Daily Lectio Divina: Psalm 30:11-12

Daily Lectio Divina: Psalm 30:11-12

Episode 623

In this episode of the guided lectio divina podcast, we’re using Psalm 30:11-12.

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Daily Lectio Divina: Colossians 3:15, 17

Daily Lectio Divina: Colossians 3:15, 17

Although the recording states the reading is from Colossians 5, it is actually from Colossians 3. Apologies for the typos all around, and many thanks to active listeners who caught the error right away!

Episode 622

In this episode of the guided lectio divina podcast, we’re using Colossians 3:15, 17.

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Daily Lectio Divina: 1 Chronicles 16:34-35

Daily Lectio Divina: 1 Chronicles 16:34-35

Episode 621

In this episode of the guided lectio divina podcast, we’re interrupting our series with Emily Dickinson to begin a new series on Giving Thanks in preparation for the upcoming holiday. Today we’re using 1 Chronicles 16:34-35.

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Monday Meditation: Walking in Love

Monday Meditation: Walking in Love

The Experience

I walked a new labyrinth on Saturday.

It was cold and windy, and soon it would be raining. I had come to the Labyrinth Walk Meetup directly from a Saturday morning centering prayer group, which incorporates a short lectio divina practice, where I had been chewing on Nan Merrill‘s twist on Psalm 46:10-11:

Be still and know that I am Love. I am exalted among the nations. I am exalted in the earth! The One who knows all hearts is with us; The Beloved is our refuge and our strength.

In preparation for the walk, I journaled about God as love and recalled how I have been invited this year to remain in God’s love. I set my intention of continuing to be present in the love of God and to be attentive to God as the Beloved without the need for words or the expectation for some grand experience. I gently rang the singing bowl to call attention to this threshold, this thin space, and I stepped into the labyrinth.

I walked the path laid out before me, holding my intention as lightly as I could, and gradually I began to notice––as I walked and paused and breathed and looked––that running through my mind was the hymn “O the Deep, Deep Love of Jesus,” one of my favorites but one that I hadn’t thought about in a long time. Over and over as I walked, I heard my favorite lines:

…Vast, unmeasured, boundless, free…

Underneath me, all around me
Is the current of your love
Leading onward…

Each step I took, each breath, each pause along the journey was fully enveloped in God’s love. I had to smile, as I braced against the chilly wind, at the way God continually shows up to me––sometimes in surprising ways, and sometimes exactly as I hoped and prayed. Such a simple intentional walk brought such a beautiful and full experience of who God is.

I came to the end of the labyrinth, there on the edge of the world, breathed deeply, and rang the singing bowl again. This time, stepping across the threshold, I brought with me the current of God’s love leading me onward and the prayer that it might infuse and inform the way I choose to interact with the world as I re-entered it. I brought with me a renewed intention to remain in God’s love.

The Practice

Watch and listen to the video below and simply meditate on God’s love. You may want to replay the video a couple of times to allow yourself time to sink into the experience and notice what arises in you. As you play the video, you may want to try walking a finger labyrinth or coloring a mandala to help you focus your attention and energy. Be patient with yourself. Receive whatever comes up as a gift and hold it lightly before God.

You might also like to listen to this episode of the Daily Lectio Divina podcast.

The Response

And now, fellow pilgrims, I invite you to share about your experience in the comments below.

What came up for you?

What was it like to open yourself up to receive and experience God’s love?

Where might God’s love be leading you?

May we all walk in love today. Blessings on the journey, friends!

Daily Lectio Divina: How happy is the little stone

Daily Lectio Divina: How happy is the little stone

Episode 620

In this episode of the guided lectio divina podcast, we’re continuing our series on Life, Eternity, and Hope using selections from the reclusive American poet Emily Dickinson. Today we’re reading “How happy is the little stone.”

How happy is the little stone
That rambles in the road alone,
And doesn’t care about careers,
And exigencies never fears;
Whose coat of elemental brown
A passing universe put on;
And independent as the sun,
Associates or glows alone,
Fulfilling absolute decree
In casual simplicity.

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I invite you to visit the Sacred Pilgrim Facebook page where you can share your word or phrase and what came up for you during your prayer time.

Daily Lectio Divina: There is a solitude of space

Daily Lectio Divina: There is a solitude of space

Episode 619

In this episode of the guided lectio divina podcast, we’re continuing our series on Life, Eternity, and Hope using selections from the reclusive American poet Emily Dickinson. Today we’re reading “There is a solitude of space.”

There is a solitude of space,
A solitude of sea,
A solitude of death, but these
Society shall be,
Compared with that profounder site,
That polar privacy,
A Soul admitted to Itself:
Finite Infinity.

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Daily Lectio Divina: If I can stop one heart from breaking

Daily Lectio Divina: If I can stop one heart from breaking

Episode 618

In this episode of the guided lectio divina podcast, we’re continuing our series on Life, Eternity, and Hope using selections from the reclusive American poet Emily Dickinson. Today we’re reading “If I can stop one heart from breaking.”

If I can stop one heart from breaking,
I shall not live in vain;
If I can ease one life the aching,
Or cool one pain,
Or help one fainting robin
Unto his nest again,
I shall not live in vain.

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I invite you to visit the Sacred Pilgrim Facebook page where you can share your word or phrase and what came up for you during your prayer time.

Daily Lectio Divina: To tell the beauty would decrease

Daily Lectio Divina: To tell the beauty would decrease

Episode 617

In this episode of the guided lectio divina podcast, we’re continuing our series on Life, Eternity, and Hope using selections from the reclusive American poet Emily Dickinson. Today we’re reading “To tell the beauty would decrease.”

To tell the beauty would decrease,
To state the Spell demean,
There is a syllableless sea
Of which it is the sign.

My will endeavours for its word
And fails, but entertains
A rapture as of legacies––
Of introspective mines.

To listen to the podcast, use the audio player below, or right click here to download the file.

I invite you to visit the Sacred Pilgrim Facebook page where you can share your word or phrase and what came up for you during your prayer time.