Starting Lectio Divina

February 16, 2003

Ah, it’s good to be well again. When the second bout of stomach flu hit me, I lay in bed feeling miserable. But my pain was tolerable, and I knew it would end after a few hours; how do people live with much worse pain, and no hope of it ending? I think the only way one could live that way is, in the midst of pain, to dwell in the peace of God.

As I recovered my strength the following morning, I decided to practice Lectio Divina as described in Cutting Edge. Not having a Bible handy in bed, I used the Lord’s Prayer—and had such a great time! I’ve known for some time that private time with the Lord was the biggest hole in my spiritual life …but I have grown to hate the traditional “quiet time” where you read what you’re going to read, then pray what you’re going to pray, all with an eye on the clock to make sure you read enough and pray enough. Lectio Divina feels so different, so fresh.

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.