Philippians 4: 4-7 *SLOW Word* Lectio Divina

Welcome to my kitchen, dear ones. I’m so sorry I’m late with this SLOW Word video. On our 13 hour drive up north in and out of spotty wifi all my technology decided to strike, but it’s never too late to soak up the Lord’s Presence, right? It’s never too late to turn our hearts away from the noise and back to this pilgrimage to the manger. This may seem like an unusual  “Advent” scripture but on this busy week full of a great big helping of magic and crazy, this deep breath may be just the thing you need to remember who really IS the GIFT.

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Poem: A Conversation with Mary *and SLOW Word video*

(Deep at the bottom of this quote is the SLOW Word Lectio.)

I feel more at home in the roomy world of poetry. I can be bare and human. I penned this poem last March in the silence of my first spiritual direction residency when the words were bubbling up faster than I could catch them. That evening I found a friend in Mary who while bearing the gift of God-with-us, understood all too well that our waiting and even our painful laments enlarge us.

Eugene Peterson translates Romans 8:22-25 this way and it’s been preaching to me from books and mentors:

22-25 All around us we observe a pregnant creation. The difficult times of pain throughout the world are simply birth pangs. But it’s not only around us; it’s within us. The Spirit of God is arousing us within. We’re also feeling the birth pangs. These sterile and barren bodies of ours are yearning for full deliverance. That is why waiting does not diminish us, any more than waiting diminishes a pregnant mother. We are enlarged in the waiting. We, of course, don’t see what is enlarging us. But the longer we wait, the larger we become, and the more joyful our expectancy.

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Praying with the Icon of the Sign: Emmanuel

 

She stands in orans, hands raised,

worshiping the one contained

in the round universe of her body.

She’s a pomegranate cut in half

revealing God as infant,

right hand raised in blessing.

She looks toward me placid

but inside a holy storm is brewing.

 

I wonder if His head

forced your womb high

against your lungs

making you gasp for air

as mine did me?

 

I wonder if He stretched your skin,

a hundred silver birch branches

grasping at the full moon

as mine did me?

 

And through each ascendant joy,

each searing grief,

the stretching magnified

expanding your heart for collected treasure.

What answer do you carry for me

an ordinary Christ-bearer,

who says a thousand quotidian yeses:

Will this stretching pain ever stop?

 

Perhaps it is the price

of this resplendent nearness.

 

I search for an answer

in her almond shaped eyes.

 

She looks at me

but only has eyes for Him.

 

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Isaiah 40: 1-5 SLOW Word Lectio Divina

Hello fellow listeners,

Every Monday and Thursday a new SLOW Word Lectio Divina appears right here. Today we’re spending time in Isaiah 40:1-5. Can you hear Handel’s Messiah? “Every valley shall be lifted up. Every mountain and hill made low and the glory of the Lord shall be revealed.”

Kris Camealy in her book, Come Lord Jesus, invites us to meditate on the question, “What are the valleys in my life that cause me to stumble repeatedly?”

If you’re interested in traveling with Kris and I to the manger, you can pick up her book right here on Amazon.

(For those repeating, the scripture begins at 1:35.)

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Isaiah 64: 1-4 SLOW Word

Welcome dear friends!

Throughout Advent we’re using scriptures with Kris Camealy’s beautiful devotional, Come Lord Jesus, in our Lectio Divina every Monday and Thursday.  Get the first five days of her devotional free on her site here or buy the devotional on Amazon here.

Let’s travel to the manger together.

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Luke 12:32-34 #MondaysatJesusFeet

Good morning friends, remember we have a SLOW Word lectio divina right here every Monday and Thursday. It’s such a privilege to set the table for you and God this morning. Send it to a friend or post to Facebook to set a feast for someone else. #drawNeartoListen

Our Lectio Divina verses will be coming from Kris Camealy’s lovely Advent book, Come Lord Jesus, this Thursday. Buy it on Amazon and still be on time. Curious? Download the first five days on her site. 

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