This resource was developed by Rev. Summer Mohrlang, Sanctuary CRC, Seattle, WA.
What is lectio divina?
In lectio divina, our intent in hearing Scripture is not primarily to gain information but to be transformed by an encounter with the God who loves us. This quote from Dietrich Bonhoeffer helps explain the practice:
The Word of Scripture should never stop sounding in your ears and working in you all day long, just like the words of someone you love. And just as you do not analyze the words of someone you love, but accept them as they are said to you, accept the Word of Scripture and ponder it in your heart, as Mary did. That is all…Do not ask “How shall I pass this on?” but “What does it say to me?” Then ponder this word long in your heart until it has gone right into you and taken possession of you. (Dietrich Bonhoeffer)
See the attached pdf for how to practice Lectio Divina as an individual, family, or small group. You will also find suggestions for scripture reading.