Step #1: Lectio / Read
Click the link below or open your Bible to the passage and read through the reading at least once, paying attention to what is happening in the text.
Step #2: Meditatio / Meditate
Use the following meditation to help you reflect more deeply on the Scripture (you may want to read the passage again).
They say that “an elephant never forgets.” But I do forget, a lot!
Today’s psalm response is “Do not forget the works of the Lord.”
When I’m having a frustrating day, I forget how patient the Lord is with me.
When I’m upset because something else is going wrong, I forget how good the Lord is to me.
When a family member is suffering, I forget about all of the times the Lord has healed in the past.
When I can’t figure something out, I forget all of the things the Lord has taught me.
I am always forgetting the works of the Lord.
So why is it important to “remember the works of the Lord”? It’s important because we will always experience suffering in the world. We will always have unanswered prayers. We will always desire to be closer than we are to the Lord. We will always have frustrating, angry, impatient moments in our lives.
There will always be times of trial, so we need to remember what the Lord has done to ensure that we continue to turn to Him in times of need.
We need to remember the times on the mountaintop when we’re sitting in the valley. We need to remember the joy we’ve experienced in the midst of sorrow. We need to remember His hope in the midst of our despair.
Remember the works of the Lord. Remember the goodness of God. Remember the glory of the His Resurrection. Remember the feeling of His Spirit in your soul. Remember.
Step #3: Oratio / Pray
These questions are to be used to talk to God; have a conversation with the Lord about these questions and what is going on in your heart as you pray today.
What have you forgotten that the Lord has done for you?
Where can you be more aware in your life of the goodness of the Lord?
How can you share with others the glory of the Lord?
Step #4: Contemplatio / Contemplate
In this step, you listen. Stop talking, let God speak to your heart. You may repeat one of these short phrases to focus your mind on the Lord.
"I remember your works O Lord."
"I praise you Jesus for all you've done for me."
"I love you Lord."
Step #5: Actio / Act
In light of today's reading and your time spent in prayer with the Lord, what concrete action or actions will you take to let this encounter with the Lord bear fruit in you today?
Write down the good things the Lord has done for you today, this week, this month, this whole year! Create a physical reminder for yourself so you don't forget the good works of the Lord!
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