Lectio and contemplation

March 31, 2003

[Lectio Divina]I did my lectio on Saturday morning, starting to read Mark 3, looking for the “shimmering phrase.” I got nothing, so I re-read the passage. Still nothing. So I read further. I read the whole darn chapter, and was still coming up empty.
At this point, instead of getting frustrated (OK, maybe a little frustrated), I had a thought: The weakest part of my discipline is contemplation, the act of just sitting quietly in the Lord’s presence. I remembered what Kevin Rains wrote about how contemplation was highlighted on his recent trip to Church of the Savior in DC. And I remembered my time at an ashram in India, where the daily pattern of prayer, meals and work included a mid-day time of “silent meditation on the cross.” That time of silent meditation became one of my favorite parts of the day.

So I sat quietly, resting. God wasn’t saying much, but that was OK. One of the things I was taught in traditional “quiet times” was that you had to fight to keep your mind from wandering — which is odd, because what if God is trying to say something? So I didn’t fight it, I just tried to let God guide it. But mainly, I rested.

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Jon Reid

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As an American missionary kid who grew up in Japan, I'm a child of two cultures, while not fully belonging to either. This gives me a sightly different view of the world.

One response to Lectio and contemplation

  1. Jon–
    When I cam across your blog yesterday, I allowed Mark 3 to be a part of my lectio. There were two things in particular that I have been marinating in over the last day and I wanted to share them.
    v.13 He climbed a mountain and invited those he wanted with him. They climbed together. I love that. He invited them into a shared trek toward a place of meditation and connection with the Father. Much like you do in having a blog.
    the second thing that “shimmered” to me, was that in the end of v21 “the disciples suspected He was getting carried away with himself.” I love the way Eugene Peters writes that. I need to chew on that some more.
    Anyways, I was motivated after I read your thoughts on blogging as a spiritual discipline. I wanted to thank you–you helped inspire me to begin blogging my own journey.
    there are a few sites that I frequent daily, to share the thoughts and struggles of others as I continually attempt to embody the touchable Christ to those in my life–yours is one of them. I needed this outlet to find those times of Selah in my life, and wanted to invite others to share in my internal conversation as well. I welcome your comments and suggestions on my blog page. thanks for providing the space for ongoing dialogue and tension.
    Jared Williams