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Today’s Reflection

LECTIO MEANS “READING”; and divina, “holy word.” Thus lectio divina means reading the holy Word or holy reading. While Christians take scripture seriously, we may not have been taught the simple process of reading scripture, lingering over it, and listening for direct inspiration from the text. Dietrich Bonhoeffer wrote eloquently of our need for daily meditation on scripture: “As a Christian I learn to know Holy Scripture only by hearing sermons and by meditating prayerfully.”

One of the most powerful ways to learn to pray is to begin with the Bible—reading a few verses, listening for an image or message that speaks directly to us, and then prayerfully seeking to apply it to our lives. We are listening for God’s Word or message of inspiration, exhortation, or guidance for our lives.

—Dwight H. Judy
A Quiet Pentecost: Inviting the Spirit into Congregational Life

From page 19 of A Quiet Pentecost: Inviting the Spirit into Congregational Life by Dwight H. Judy. Copyright © 2013 by The Upper Room. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Upper Room Books. Learn more about or purchase this book.

Today’s Question

Is reading the Bible part of your daily routine?  Share your thoughts.

Today’s Scripture

Indeed, the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing until it divides soul from spirit, joints from marrow; it is able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart.
—Hebrews 4:12, NRSV

Prayer for the Week

Come Holy Spirit, come.

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  • Jill May 18, 2019, 5:40 am

    Being in The Word daily is critical. I go through periods where much of my time is spent in the Psalms. I have finally stepped out of one of those lengthy periods and am now intentionally, deliberately working my way through John. This week, upon recommendation from my counselor, I have detoured a bit in II Corinthians 4. The Word is so rich, and yet if I am on auto-pilot – I will read it, but has it nourished me? I am trying to be more aware of this and to return to a passage over and over.
    Grateful to be home after school yesterday, tired from a week of altered schedule with tennis. Got a little bit of energy after dinner and planted things I had been gathering the past week plus in the area by my back door. It is just good to play in the dirt, unconcerned about time. Grateful for the strong scent of lilacs.

  • Julie May 18, 2019, 7:42 am

    I read the Bible daily, but as part of a daily devotional, I have never dwelt over it per se. I do at times due to a verse reverberating in my heart.
    Prayers for Jill and her imcreased activity and good pain.
    Prayers for Andrea and Lowell, Betsy and her family, and Rusty.
    Prayers for Connie and her awakening garden and spirit and hummers.
    Prayers for Edy and healing for Bill.
    Prayers for Lou and her family as graduation nears and relief from stress.
    Prayers for mary and her father, may his health continue to improve.
    Prayers for Marcy, may she be well.
    Prayers for Robert and Erich, may their move be safe and successful and may Robert find a church home.
    Prayers and blessings and warm hugs and thank you dear UR family.
    I will have to look at my lilacs to see if they have flowers. Lilac is my favorite scent and it is so swiftly gone.

  • Gail Churchill May 18, 2019, 9:20 am

    I subscribe to the UR Disciplines and have begun listening to the Lectio Divina. I recommend it.

  • Mary Ng Shwu Ling May 18, 2019, 9:46 am

    Grateful for all your prayers!

    Blessings to all!

    I try to read the Bible daily. I also try to memorize a few verses daily. However, since my dad is in hospital, I spend more time praying for him and with him.

  • April May 18, 2019, 9:48 am

    One year I read through the Bible with the help of the Bible being arranged in chronological order. It skipped around to different books and passages as I read how the different authors wrote about the events. I loved that arrangement and learned so much about the Bible and its authors. I have it on my book stand and at times I am inspired to do it again…maybe this year. I also love when an author has chosen a verse and then writes their thoughts/interpretation on it….I compare to what I think…sometimes I change my thoughts and sometimes not, but it makes me think.
    Today the word forget struck me. I thought of Jill and Mary and the passing of their Mothers. I also thought of my Mother and how I never what to forget her. Like Jill, I have a couple of sweaters that I had given her. I wear them and think of her. Like Mary, I remember special foods and when I eat them, I go back to memories of eating with my loved ones. Why do I do this? I don’t want to forget. I want to still have those special times with my loved ones with me….but I do not want them to continue in their earthly life with limitations or pain. I rejoice that they are with God and in a place much better than earth. At the passing of my parents, I did not have frequent grief periods, instead, I had so many periods of reassurance from God and the Holy Spirit that I knew and still do that all is well. I hold you in my prayers and ask God to be with you. Also that the Spirit, Our Comforter, will be with all members of our UR family and who will never forget loved ones who have passed before us.
    I thank each of you for typing your detailed prayers for others as I read and pray.
    Welcome to Daniel and Nancy, you are special branches and we are blessed to have you in our UR family.
    Blessings that each may know and feel the love of the Lord each minute of this day and until we meet again.

  • robert moeller May 18, 2019, 7:39 pm

    My daily devotion has included Bible reading, lately I read the lectionary verses. For some tine I received the UR Daily Devotion and the Daily Reflection. For a few years now I only receive the Daily Reflection. I need to be more committed to my morning Quiet Time.

    Had an outing with my son yesterday. It was a pleasant positive day. Didn’t get to read the Daily Reflection.

    The condo sale is coming along. Appraisal Monday and result expected Friday. My real estate agent doesn’t expect a problem. That should put the sale close to closing. Still have time for that. It is now tentatively June 17th.
    Thank you for your prayers. Thank You, Lord.

    Prayers that sone health insurance issues will be resolved and Anneliese can have a new PM procedure that is less risky.

    Prayers for UR family members with health concerns. Thinking of Marcy, Julie, Edy’s Bill, Andrea and Lowell, but also all UR family members. So many prayer needs these days: floods, cyclones, hot weather, immigrants, Sri Lanka, Venezuela, Iran and the US, Russia, Syria, The UMC, people mourning, giving, praying, and reconciling. Thankful God can handle these concerns and the many more I don’t remember.

    Church tomorrow, have a blessed day.

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