Welcome to the Slow Word Movement.
I love to set the table for people to spend time with Jesus.
As a spiritual director who spends much of my ministry creating space for people to be in the Presence of God, I know the value of setting the table for just two. And when one of my people needs a nourishing meal? I’m there. My beautiful sister Stephanie is a busy mama who runs a non-profit bringing awareness to human trafficking. When we celebrated her birthday last month over brioche at a small cafe, she leaned over and said she was feeling hungry for more of the Word. I watched her try to enjoy breakfast with a toddler whose curiosity meant she could barely carry on a conversation. She asked me for these small videos setting the table for her to be with Jesus. A few simple unpolished videos and a few days later she asked if she could start sending them to friends. The SLOW Word Movement was born.
Why a SLOW word?
Because it takes time:
to be comforted when we’re struggling with chronic pain.
to recognize a rich feast is already spread before us so we don’t run to fast food.
to hear God’s heartbeat and receive God’s dream.
for hope to conquer incessant despair.
for any relationship of substance to thrive.
As a minister, I know the truth of the WORD heals and transforms us. When His Presence walks into our dark places, everything changes.
I also know that distraction is a disease, a disease I’m combatting along with every one of you. All those beeps and dings and I find it much harder to be still with the Word. Am I really getting more done or am I fracturing my attention from the ONE THING that’s needed? (Luke 10: 38-42). Distraction leads to emptiness. Listening in the Presence leads to fullness. “Let the Word of Christ dwell in you richly.” (Colossians 3:16)
There’s nothing new about this. Other nerdy church history types like me will recognize this Slow Word Movement as something that’s been going on for centuries: Lectio Divina. These Latin words just mean “divine reading” and was always served with stillness, with repetition, and with a slow reading carving out space for the Holy Spirit to speak.
Baron von Hügel described spending time with the Word in Lectio Divina like this: “letting a very slowly dissolving lozenge melt imperceptibly in your mouth.”
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