Chi Rho Reflection for the Week of January 22, 2012
- Chi Rho Reflection for the Week of January 22, 2012
As one of the on-going ministries of Chi Rho
Press, here is a selection from our book of daily
devotions, "Living as the Beloved: One Day at a
Time," by the Rev. Dr. Sandra Bochonok.
Please read the Scripture passage and Dr.
Bochonok's meditation. We hope you will be blessed.
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No time to eat an experience in holy reading
"The apostles gathered around Jesus, and told him
all that they had done and taught. He said to
them, 'Come away to a deserted place all by
yourselves and rest a while.' For many were
coming and going, and they had no leisure even to
eat. And they went away in the boat to a deserted
place by themselves."
I know we have already read these verses in
yesterday's reflection. But I personally need
to linger with this story through an ancient,
cherished, and trusted form of contemplative
reading known as lectio divina. Perhaps this
will be helpful for your spiritual journey
today. It is simple enough for a child yet
challenging for most people in a hurry. Lectio
divina is a form of holy reading. One slowly
reads and rereads sacred words until a word, a
phrase, or perhaps a sentence lingers in our
heart and nourishes our prayer. Allow rich
moments of silence to punctuate your sacred
reading. These are words worth lingering with
for there are times when we are too busy to eat
and both our bodies and souls become malnourished.
Lectio divina helps us slow down in nourishing
moments of holy leisure spirituality. And I need
this in my own life. It is far too easy to
become over committed with activities and
projects. People often tell me that I have a
tendency to take on too much. Because I work out
of a home office, I am never truly away from my
work. This has led to some bad work and personal
habits. It is very easy to stop exercising and
gulp down fast foods. Sometimes I get so
involved with my work, that I do not even take
time to eat at a table. I will eat on the run,
or at the computer, or even while standing over
the kitchen sink while eating out of my cooking pot.
An Irish proverb reminds us that God made time
and plenty of it. How can that be? Sometimes I
feel I am living life at seventy miles an hour,
but need to see God at three miles an hour. How
do I slow down and experience moments of leisure?
Perhaps lingering with the Jesus stories in the
gospels is a good place to start. His life has a
great deal to teach us as busy people. He knew
how to rest, play, laugh, and manage his time.
Sometimes he intentionally left the crowds to
take care of his personal needs for privacy,
solitude, and quiet.
God, teach me how to slow down to three miles an
hour today. I need moments of daily leisure.
Grace and peace,
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