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One of my favorite ways to spend time with the Savior is to sit quietly reading his love letter, the Bible, using the slow, meditative approach known as Lectio Divina. Lectio divina means divine or sacred reading in Latin. It is a quiet, prayerful practice where we invite the Holy Spirit to open the ears of our hearts in order to hear God's still small voice speaking to us through His Word. It is not a discipline meant to master the Word or to acquire new information or knowledge, it is what Henri Nouwen calls, reading the Bible on your knees...where we allow the Word to descend from our minds into our hearts and become a personal word to us.
Using the lectio divina method, then, we will be reading the following Bible passage several times, each time with a different intent.
Before you get started, however, take a few minutes to quiet your spirit.
Close your eyes and take some slow, deep breaths. Let your shoulders relax. As you do this, savor this sweet time to sit in the Savior’s Presence.
Be sure that you are in a comfortable position that allows your heart to be most attentive to His voice.
Ask Jesus to clear away any stray thoughts that may distract you from truly meeting with Him this morning in order hear all of the things that He has on His heart to say to you today.
Open your journal and have your pen/pencil ready.
As Jesus continued on toward Jerusalem, he reached the border of Galilee and Samaria. As he entered a village there, ten lepers stood at a distance, crying out, “Jesus, Master, have mercy on us!”
He looked at them and said, “Go show yourselves to the priests.” And as they went, they were healed of their leprosy.
One of them, when he saw that he was healed, came back to Jesus, shouting, “Praise God!” He fell on his face at Jesus’ feet, thanking him for what he had done. This man was a Samaritan.
Jesus asked, “Didn’t I heal ten men? Where are the other nine? Has no one returned to give glory to God except this foreigner?”
Luke 17:11-18 NLT