a Lectio Divina prayer invitation

1531979022_25613d12be_oNow I am revealing new things to you, things hidden and unknown to you, created just now, this very moment. Of these things you have heard nothing until now so that you cannot say, Oh yes, I knew this. (Isaiah 48:6-7)

“In the Christian contemplative tradition, we are invited to rest more deeply in the Great Mystery, to lay aside our images and symbols, and let the divine current carry us deeper, without knowing where, only to trust the impulse within to follow a longing.

As autumn tilts us toward the season of growing darkness, consider this an invitation to yield to the mystery of your own heart’s desires. You do not need a map or agenda, simply a willingness to swim in the waters carrying you back home again.

The monks knew the wisdom of embracing a season of unknowing, to wrest from their grip the idols of certainty and security. As mythologist and storyteller Michael Meade says, “a false sense of security is the only kind there is.” Of the new things happening you have known nothing until this moment.” (Christine Valters Paintner)


I am so attracted to this way of traveling: accepting my unknowing (as I am able), and leaning in towards the “new things” being revealed each moment, surrendering to the Divine currents of Love unfolding before me. As Bobbi shared a few days ago in her reply to an earlier blog: “I revel in the Joy of the Moment upon realizing that I eased into the water without thinking about it ahead of time. It just happened.”

In this scripture passage from Isaiah, we are invited to surrender our need to figure things out… our striving to know ahead of time, what can only be experienced in this moment now. I am drawn to Sandy Horst’s words in her comments yesterday: “I am also trying to give myself freedom to see, feel, experience, etc. and not need to explain it, or express it in words.” There are times when words are not sufficient or helpful, and we are led – moment by moment – by a loving God to “swim in the waters, carrying (us) back home again.” We only need to be willing.

15468995898_cb7f8985dd_oToday I invite you to pray with Isaiah (48:6-7) as Lectio Divina: reading it slowly 3 times, noticing what word or phrase grabs your attention, then praying with the word or phrase, letting it deepen with you . I welcome you to share the word or phrase that has spoken to you. (Detailed guidelines for this prayer form are available at the top of this page – just click on “Lectio Divina.” )

Here is the scripture passage again:

Now I am revealing new things to you, things hidden and unknown to you, created just now, this very moment. Of these things you have heard nothing until now so that you cannot say, Oh yes, I knew this. (Isaiah 48:6-7)

May the gifts of new revelation carry each of you deeper into your truest being in God.

grace and love be with you~

Donna

5 thoughts on “a Lectio Divina prayer invitation

    1. ghlstn Post author

      Thank you Sharon. Your response reminds me of the “gazing prayer” we learned to practice with icons and other “doorways” to deepest Mystery and expansive Love.
      ~Donna

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  1. sandygracecorby

    As I read the first part of this verse “Now I am revealing new things to you” I was filled with excitement. A joyful expectation! I want to stay with this feeling right now. Not wondering what He will reveal but just being joyful and expectant!

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    1. ghlstn Post author

      Sandy ~ may you be held in this place of “joyful expectation” and give yourself permission to linger there…

      with grace and joy! ~Donna

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  2. jedwar02

    “Oh yes, I knew this”. How often do I hear myself saying this in my head or with my body? Too often. Daily? Hourly? Sometimes several times in the same minute? Lord God, open my eyes, my heart, my ears, my whole body, to receive the newness of your revelation all around me.

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