Contemplative (or devotional) reading of God’s word involves deliberate attention to allowing the Holy Spirit to form and transform us as we read. Anne Marie’s poem above is an example of a possible outcome of deliberately developing skills in contemplative Bible reading.
Through prayerfully ‘dwelling in the word’ and allowing it to touch our hearts as well as growing in our intellectual understanding of God’s word, we ‘Let the word of Christ dwell in (us) richly…’ (Col 3:16a)
Learning individual contemplative practices
Organised by Jess from Luther Heights Youth Camp, the Replenish Retreat on October 18-20 is a weekend for any women aged 18+ to take some time out and set their own agenda. This year we are also offering electives in contemplative spirituality. Participants can decide on the day whether to opt into any of the sessions. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you’d like to know more. (Just to clarify, this is not the Lutheran Women of Queensland retreat which will be held in July 2020).
Group Contemplative practices
Many Lutheran communities are discovering that the practice of Dwelling in the Word together is very helpful for listening to God’s word together and discerning God’s direction for their community. Please contact David (07) 3511 4018 or Kathy (07) 3512 7286 if you’d like to know more about ‘Dwelling in the Word.’