“solitary” (Mark 1:35-39 lectio)

March 15, 2003

Mark 1:35-39 lectio: solitary. Jesus spending special time with just the Father, no one else. Solitude as a spiritual discipline is one of Pastor Dave’s favorite topics. He’s the first Vineyard pastor I’ve met whose spiritual hero is St. Francis of Assisi. I spent most of today’s lectio resting in the Presence, interceding for my neighbors and for the people I think might join our as-yet-unformed home group.

Did I ever mention why I decided to undertake Lectio Divina for Lent? It’s not because I want to copy Andrew Careaga; it’s because my time alone with God was practically non-existent. Zilch. I really don’t like the evangelical “quiet time”. But I knew I needed something, and having done a little lectio while I was sick, I knew it held promise for me as something to feed my spirit (instead of just being bored). I figure doing it for 40 days ought to establish it as a habit in my life.

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.