Lunchtime Lectio | Week 1, Day 5 · Heritage UMC

Lunchtime Lectio | Week 1, Day 5

Friday, October 9 2020 by Matt Horan

Hello Members and Friends of Heritage United Methodist!

Each day during the Disciple’s Heart series, I’ll be sending you the 5-minute “Lunchtime Lectio.”  Lectio Divina means “divine reading,” and it’s the last part of each reading for the day in the Disciple’s Heart daily workbook.

  1. Read the day’s passage of Scripture slowly, listening for the resonance of each word in your soul as you read it.
  2. Read it through again, listening for the word or phrase that grabs your heart more than any other in the passage.
  3. Spend a moment in quiet prayer, simply saying the word or phrase over and over again, asking God to reveal to you why that one stood out.
  4. Finally, share in the comments below which word or phrase stood out to you.  If you feel led to share, include a sentence or two about why God pointed you toward these words in particular.

Sincerely,

Pastor Matt

Today’s Disciple’s Path Lectio Divina reading is Psalm 84.         

How lovely is your dwelling place,
Lord Almighty!
My soul yearns, even faints,
for the courts of the Lord;
my heart and my flesh cry out
for the living God.
Even the sparrow has found a home,
and the swallow a nest for herself,
where she may have her young—
a place near your altar,
Lord Almighty, my King and my God.
Blessed are those who dwell in your house;
they are ever praising you.
Blessed are those whose strength is in you,
whose hearts are set on pilgrimage.
As they pass through the Valley of Baka,
they make it a place of springs;
the autumn rains also cover it with pools.
They go from strength to strength,
till each appears before God in Zion.
Hear my prayer, Lord God Almighty;
listen to me, God of Jacob.
9Look on our shield,
look with favor on your anointed one.
10 Better is one day in your courts
than a thousand elsewhere;
I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God
than dwell in the tents of the wicked.
11 For the Lord God is a sun and shield;
the Lord bestows favor and honor;
no good thing does he withhold
from those whose walk is blameless.
12 Lord Almighty,
blessed is the one who trusts in you.

Which word or phrase do you feel led to reflect on today?  Please share in the comment section below!

Matt Horan
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