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).
Today's Psalm reminds me of something I heard on "The Gathering Place" Podcast a few weeks ago. The Word of the Lord endures forever. The truths that are spoken in the Scriptures are for us because they endure throughout time. God's love is eternal, it's neverending, it's timeless.
It's not that the Lord has said all of the things He's ever going to say, but His word is the truth and it's definitive.
The hosts of the podcast were talking about how the Lord doesn't use a lot of words, He's the strong, silent type if you will!
I'm always asking for confirmation, for more information, for more words, for Him to just say that again. I know you told the apostles that they shouldn't worry about the things of tomorrow because you will take care of everything we need - but can you just tell me that again very specific to me again here and now?
But the Lord refers me back to this passage in the Psalm. His word endures forever. His love is everlasting. His book stands the test of time. This all applies to you right now, today.
We're always searching for our signs, a word that is directed individually to us, but the Lord's word endures forever. The promises that He said to His people two thousand years ago apply to us today. His promise is living and effective, it is true, it is for us, today. His word endures forever and ever
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 kind of response do you ask of God in your prayers? How often do you allow God to speak to your heart through His words in the Scriptures?
How does knowing that God's love endures forever affect how you pray and see your relationship with Him?
How will you allow the words of today's Psalm to change you and your heart?
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.
"Open my heart."
"Your love endures forever."
"Help my soul praise you."
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?
Let God speak to you through His Scriptures. Trust that His word endures forever and rest in knowing God's words of love still apply to you today.
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Today's prayer was prepared by Katie Herzing, a former youth minister turned parish evanglization consultant living in North Carolina.
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