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).
We all go through rough patches in life, like moving to a new place, losing friends, struggling in school or at work, or having problems at home with your family. Even though we have to deal with these hard times, God is with us and is here to stay.
It sounds crazy to praise God when you’re struggling or in pain. Questions can come up like “Isn’t He the one who can make everything better?” or “why is God letting this happen to me?” The thing is, His love is still here with us. When the nation of Israel was in exile, after being captured, watching their home and temple destroyed and forced to move to a foreign place, people still praised God. They went through terrible hardship, worse than we can imagine, but those who were faithful remembered all the good that God had still done for them, His power and righteousness. Instead of blaming God, they thanked Him for loving them through their struggles.
Through their praise, the Israelites showed God’s glory to their captors and others who did not believe. In their hardship, they shared God with those who needed Him. There are plenty of people of in our lives who don’t have faith in God. They might be your friends, family members, or even people you really don’t like. Either way, they need God’s love too, and one way of showing it is to praise God through your life: through your words and actions. Maybe you don’t go around singing your favorite praise and worship songs on the top of your lungs, but through little prayers, kind words, and loving interactions.
Even if you’re going through a rough time right now, praise God for being with you and for all that He has done in your life. Seek His love and He is there to help you. Praise Him and share that love with others, we all know we could all use a little more love in our lives.
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 rough patch am I going through right now?
Is there something in my life that I blame God for?
How will I praise God in the midst of the struggle?
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.
"Blessed be God."
"Give God praise."
"God is in the storms."
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?
Take a break today form all the worries and stress and focus on praising God.
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