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Lectio Divina Reading

November 9, 2006

Psalm 124

 

If it were not for You, Beloved,
You who make all things new,
Fear and chaos would reign in every heart;
in you will I trust.

When doubt threatens to overwhelm and separate me,
when anger makes me blind,
Then You, O Merciful One, are ever-ready
to awaken the holy, the sacred within me;
Then do your living Streams of Grace enfold me.

Blessed are you, who are a very Presence to us,
a comfort to troubled hearts!
Grant us the strength of eagle wings,
the courage to soar to new heights!
Break within us the bonds of fear
that we may live with love!

Our guidance comes from You,
O Counselor, Blessed are You, O Giver of Life!
Beloved of my heart!

The Reader for Contemplative Living (November 11)

Listen to Matthew 14:29-31 in the Spirit of Lectio Divina

He Said, “come.” So Peter got out of the boat started walking on the water, and came toward Jesus. But when he noticed the strong wind, he became frightened, and beginning to sink, he cried out, “Lord, save me!” Jesus immediately reached out his hand and caught him, saying to him, “You of little faith, why did you doubt? When they got into the boat, the wind ceased. And those in the boat worshiped him, saying, “Truly you are the Son of God.”

Little by little we re able to her the still small voice in the hurricane, the earthquake, or the fire. God is hidden in difficulties. If we can find him there, we will never lose him. Without difficulties, we do not know the power of God’s mercy and the incredible destiny he has for each of us. We must be patient with our failures. There is always another opportunity unless we go ashore and stay there. A No-risk situation is the biggest danger there is. To encounter the winds and the waves is not a sign of defeat. It is a training in the art of living, which is the art of yielding to God’s action and believing in his love no matter what happens.

Re-read Matt. 14:29-31

CENTERING PRAYER

Closing Prayer—Psalm 91

If you dwell in the shelter of the Most High, and abide in the shade of the Almighty,

You will say to God: “You are my refuge; my stronghold, my God in whom I trust!’

It is God who will free you from the snare of the hunter who seeks to destroy you.

In the shadow of God’s wings you find refuge; God’s faithfulness is buckler and shield.

You will not fear the terror of the night, nor the arrow that flies by day..

nor the plague that prowls in the darkness; nor the scourge that lays waste at noon.

Ten thousand may fall at your side, but you it will never approach. Your eyes have only to look to see how the wicked are repaid.

Because you have God for your refuge, you have the Most High as your stronghold.

Upon you no evil shall fall, no plague approach where you dwell.

For God has commanded the angels to guard you wherever you go.

On their hand they will bear you up, lest you strike your foot against a stone.

On the lion and the viper you will tread, trample dragons and serpents underfoot.

“If you cling to me with love I will save you; protect you for you know my name.

When you call, I will answer ‘I am with you; I will set you free, and give you glory.

With length of life I will content you; I shall let you see my saving power.”

 

Lectio Divina for CP Groups
Contemplative Outreach of Dallas

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