Even when we are alone, we are connected to one another through the Spirit. As a way of engaging that connection, especially while our Pastor, Steve Hyde, is away on his sabbatical, we are practicing lectio divina, a style of guided meditation and response to a passage of scripture.
Read the text: what does the text say?
Philippians 4:1-9 – New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)
4 1 Therefore, my brothers and sisters,[a] whom I love and long for, my joy and crown, stand firm in the Lord in this way, my beloved.
2 I urge Euodia and I urge Syntyche to be of the same mind in the Lord. 3 Yes, and I ask you also, my loyal companion,[b] help these women, for they have struggled beside me in the work of the gospel, together with Clement and the rest of my co-workers, whose names are in the book of life.
4 Rejoice[c] in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice.[d] 5 Let your gentleness be known to everyone. The Lord is near. 6 Do not worry about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. 7 And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
8 Finally, beloved,[e] whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is pleasing, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence and if there is anything worthy of praise, think about[f] these things. 9 Keep on doing the things that you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, and the God of peace will be with you.
Read the text again: what does it say to me?
What do I want to say to God about the text? What is my prayer?
What difference will the text make in my life? What is my response?
Benediction: Lord Jesus Christ, You are the Light of the world; fill
my mind with Your peace and my heart with Your love.