Meditation on scripture opens a door to encounters with God. The Gospel character Nathaniel was surprised that Jesus knew him when they first met. Jesus explained, “I saw you under the fig tree before Philip called you.” You see, in those days it was said that the shade of a fig tree is a good place to meditate on scripture. Get the picture? Jesus met Nathaniel in his meditations.
Meditation on scripture can be as simple as reading the Bible very slowly or it can be practiced with a structured method like lectio divina. You’ll need a Bible and a place you can sit quietly. Choose a section of scripture for your reflection. A story from one of the gospels is a good place to begin. Then simply read and silently reflect on what you have read.
Practice meditation on scripture for personal spiritual growth. Let this practice transform biblical head knowledge into heart wisdom. Find inner peace through your reflections, and you will encounter God.
Calvin Wulf is a writer, spiritual director, and retreat facilitator who lives in Colorado with his wife Lisa. He has a passion for Christian spiritual formation drawing from the ancient spiritual traditions of the Apostles, and Christian sages through the ages. He is also a vowed oblate of the contemplative monastic Order of Julian of Norwich.
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