so, this may be boring for some of you...but it intrigued me...challenged me...drop me a line if you feel like it...i would love to know who checks out my blog! :) so...straight from my "lent devotional":
to take the holy scriptures and read them is the first thing we have to do to open ourselves to God's call. Reading the scriptures is not as easy as it seems...we tend to make anything and everything we read subject to analysis and discussion. but the word of God should lead us first of all to contemplation and meditation. instead of taking the words apart, we should bring them together in our innermost being; instead of wondering if we agree or disagree, we should wonder which words are directly spoken to us and connect directly with our personal story. instead of thinking about the words as potential subjects for an interesting dialogue..., we should be willing to let them penetrate into the most hidden corners of our hearts, even to those places where no other word has yet found entrance.
(There is the verses for today as well, but I won't type them here: John 5:19-24.)
Steadfast God, grant me the openness to read and accept the words of your holy scriptures as truth for my inner being, as a springboard for meditation, as urgent messages directed to the hidden places of my heart. also grant me the willingness to listen and connect with your teachings. keep me from stumbling over THeIR SImPLiCItY. (this struck me funny, as we talked at small group last night about compassion...and we still didn't come to any real "answers" we all agreed on. hmmm.) :)
Choose a passage from scripture that is significant to you and memorize it.