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Lectio Divina

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Lectio Divina

Anything that we consider worthwhile pursuing takes focus, discipline and a willingness to do what is necessary to acquire what we are seeking. We see it all the time. People will sacrifice all that they posses for the accomplishment of one goal in their lives. We see it in athletes’, the concentration expended to the task at hand, the hours of training, the giving up of whatever gets in the way of their attaining their goal.

A career is no different. Some men and women even give up their families for the sake of success and may often regret it when it is too late to do anything about that loss. So it is good to understand what we give our lives too, what we wish to spend our time and limited amount of energy on. Too staying young, healthy and fit? Or to be famous and successful, to acquire wealth no matter the cost, or affect, it has on other areas of our lives? What is it we are willing to do to achieve the goal. It seems that just about everything we strive for demands sacrifice, a running of a race.

It is a fact that people who will give everything for their worldly goal, will often laugh at those who place all other goals in service of their deepest desire. It is the desire to grow in union with God. To pray and study on a regular basis, to makes ones faith something more than going to church once a week, is considered excessive by those who do not understand the importance of developing a deep spiritual life.

Our seeking after God should not make us narrow, bitter or angry at those who are different. The “Mind of Christ” militates against that. So we are called to deep commitment but not to true fanaticism. Our faith and our journey should give us a deep and loving heart, not one that is fearful of others, or of doubt, or of struggle and yes failure.

To desire to grow in ones ability to do Lectio Divina is just as demanding, though it demands gentle discipline and unhurried growth in our ability to deepen our union with God through this practice. It is the discipline of simply listening, nothing esoteric, hard, and overly demanding. Yet in the end it demands our commitment to practice and grow in our love of the scriptures and to grow in endurance in our waiting for the Lord.

Listening and waiting for me are keynotes for this practice to take deep root. We simply do it, no matter how we feel, no matter if we feel that we are doing anything, or in fact if we are doing it poorly. It does not matter. We continue. We as the saying goes “show up’’, sit down, pick up our Lectio and in faith read in an unhurried manner.

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Whatever turns you on, I suppose!

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Whatever turns you on, I suppose!

No it is about each of us living from our center what we believe to be true.

Peace

mark

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Mark,

Thank you, as always, for your affirmations of faith.

I, in commenting on your blog, “Learning to Listen,”

http://www.unexplain...9#commentsStart

defined Lectio Divina: read, meditate, pray, contemplate,

because the directive is so helpful. The above combined

with the notion of the cosmos returning to one

the energy of his thoughts

http://www.unexplain...pic=266219&st=0

is potentially life-altering.

So, JJ50, do "suppose."

God loves you!

Edited by aka CAT
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Mark,

Thank you, as always, for your affirmations of faith.

I, in commenting on your blog, “Learning to Listen,”

http://www.unexplain...9#commentsStart

defined Lectio Divina: read, meditate, pray, contemplate,

because the directive is so helpful. The above combined

with the notion of the cosmos returning to one

the energy of his thoughts

http://www.unexplain...pic=266219&st=0

is potentially life-altering.

So, JJ50, do "suppose."

God loves you!

Thank you, I will look at the site you recommended my friend.

peace

mark

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Mark,

Thank you, as always, for your affirmations of faith.

I, in commenting on your blog, “Learning to Listen,”

http://www.unexplain...9#commentsStart

defined Lectio Divina: read, meditate, pray, contemplate,

because the directive is so helpful. The above combined

with the notion of the cosmos returning to one

the energy of his thoughts

http://www.unexplain...pic=266219&st=0

is potentially life-altering.

So, JJ50, do "suppose."

God loves you!

I wouldn't like to be 'loved' by that evil entity in the Bible. One fervently hopes is a figment of the human imagination!

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JJ50,

I suppose your refer to the Old Testament,

while Mark's witness more attests the New Testament.

This thread along with another,

"Where Do Our Thoughts Physically Exist?,"

put a melody in my head...

gradually, the chorus came to mind

and, with it, the name of the song.

Holly Miranda - Waves

Lyrics:

I've watched you walk so many times

Of all the years that made us blind

Why you, why you let it all

Be like some prison in your mind

It doesn't need to be

It doesn't need to be

So where do the waves go, my love

Where do the waves go, my love

Sonic or liquid, I don't know

Sonic or liquid, I don't know

You must speak your life into existence

This intent is so much more

Than just a means to

End all of this suffering

This needless pain that stains your face

It doesn't need to be

It doesn't need to be

So where do the waves go, my love

Where do the waves go, my love

Sonic or liquid, I don't know

Sonic or liquid, I don't know

Oooo we wait so long babe

To become just one heart

Edited by aka CAT
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