Lectio Divina is an ancient way of reading scripture. The term, Lectio Divina, means holy reading because the practice is a holy time of relating to God in a personal and intimate way through scripture. This practice is very helpful in nurturing hope because it allows us to go deeply into scripture with words that we especially need to hear.
There are five parts to Lectio Divina:
PREPARE: Choose what you will read. Shorter is better than longer. Before you begin reading, it’s helpful to be intentional about what you’re doing: light a candle, take some deep breaths, pray—anything that helps you settle in and be present.
READ: Read slowly until a word or phrase catches your attention. This likely won’t be dramatic. Listen for something comforting, interesting, or puzzling.
MEDIATATE: To meditate simply means to think through and wonder about what you’ve read. The word meditate shares the same root meaning as a cow chewing her cud. When you meditate, you are chewing your spiritual cud, thoughtfully bringing out the nourishment of the words. How does the word or phrase affect you and your life situation, especially as you reflect on hope?
PRAY: Talk to God about what you have read and pondered.
PLAN: Is there an invitation or idea that came to you during this time? How will you integrate the fruits of this time into your daily life?