This past Sunday we practiced Lectio Divina (instead of a sermon). Lectio Divina is a non-analytical, contemplative approach to Scripture. It assumes that the meaning of a text can go beyond what the author intends or what literary structure allows for (or what a pastor thinks), and affirms the ever-present Spirit who enlivens and makes the text applicable and meaningful in a way that is personal to each of us. Grab a warm beverage and listen to the audio below to guide your own time of contemplation.
Jeremiah 1:4-10 (NRSV): Jeremiah’s Call and Commission
4 Now the word of the Lord came to me saying,
5 “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you,
and before you were born I consecrated you;
I appointed you a prophet to the nations.”
6 Then I said, “Ah, Lord God! Truly I do not know how to speak, for I am only a boy.” 7 But the Lord said to me,
“Do not say, ‘I am only a boy’;
for you shall go to all to whom I send you,
and you shall speak whatever I command you.
8 Do not be afraid of them,
for I am with you to deliver you,
says the Lord.”
9 Then the Lord put out his hand and touched my mouth; and the Lord said to me,
“Now I have put my words in your mouth.
10 See, today I appoint you over nations and over kingdoms,
to pluck up and to pull down,
to destroy and to overthrow,
to build and to plant.”