Recently I read a book about spiritual disciplines (Sensible Shoes by Sharon Garlough Brown — Book Review) that made me think about something I haven’t done for a while –lection divina. This is a practice of reading a short portion of Scripture prayerfully, several times, and noticing what word or phrase stands out for you– what’s going on in your life, and what might God be saying to you through this right now.
Here’s what jumped out for me in the first chapter of Philippians:
“I thank God every time I remember you.” Philippians 1:3
I’m seventy now, so I have a lot of people to remember; family members and friends from my youth who are still important to me; my husband, Terry, who has been my life companion; spiritual mentors and soul friends who have walked with me through different parts of my journey with Jesus; co-workers who helped me and taught me about teamwork; my children and grandchildren who have made joyful memories for me; even difficult people who caused me pain have been part of shaping my life, and through them I have learned to be humble, understanding, empathetic and forgiving– after all, I have sometimes been a difficult person, too.
This month of Thanksgiving is a good time to remember and give thanks for all the people God has sent into our lives, whether they’ve been there for a reason, a season or a lifetime. We are not meant to live alone. Every person in your life is a gift. Pray for them. Cherish them. Remember them.
“It is right for me to feel this way about you, since I have you in my heart; …. all of you share in God’s grace with me God can testify how I long for you with the affection of Christ Jesus.” Philippians 1:7-8
For more lectia divina see these posts: