Meditating: Reflecting silently on what comes to mind
- find a short passage in the Bible that has already touched you before.
- read through it slowly aloud, then pause for about a minute. think about structure, grammar, context, intent, whatever helps you “get” what the texts is wanting to communicate
- read through the passage again aloud, pause this time for about two minutes. during this pause: what phrase is the most interesting to you? taste it, chew it, memorize it by reading it a few times. what are these verses encouraging you to do? who are they encouraging you to be?
- read through the text one last time, slowly and out loud. take about a 3 minute pause. but this time try not to think, or analyze or process the verses…..just be quiet and listen….receive….enjoy….savor the moment. if your mind wanders into thinking about stuff you need to get done today or something you forgot to do yesterday (which is completely natural) , just note it down and repeat again the meaningful phrase that you just memorized. (read more here)
SCRABBLE: Create a scrabble-like game out of words that you find in a particular psalm: Try Psalm 18 for starters.
SING: Create a simple song based on Alleluia or a short scriptural text such as “Blessed be the name of the Lord,” sing it over and over as it leads you into deeper levels of prayer.