These are trying times, to be sure, aren't they? How are you managing? I love to hear from folks about what they do or read in order to bring some peace into their lives. Recently, Doris sent me the link for Daily Lectio, (Daily Readings), and I signed up for it. Every day I receive a couple of Bible passages to read and reflect on. They also give you the Bible passages that we will hear in church on Sunday morning, so you can read them before church if you'd like.
After you read the passages appointed for that day, you can sit quietly and ask God to help you consider the passages. Or you can find one verse and memorize it and say it throughout your day. It's a good spiritual discipline to spend a little time each morning or evening in meditation and prayer on scripture. And if you forget for one or two days - no worries! Just begin on the day you're in!
I'm glad that Doris sent me Daily Lectio. I spend a little time each morning in my favorite chair with a cup of coffee and read the passages and then sit quietly. Some days I sit longer than others. I also read from some type of spiritual book.
I don't always have a "WOW -- Shazam" experience or feeling after I do the reading. But I have slowed down a bit, and I have lifted up my concerns to God in prayer. And I have felt that the time was a sacred space for me. And I've given thanks to God for that.
Here's what Luther had to say about the Word of God: "The Word of God always awakens new understanding, new pleasure, and a new spirit of devotion, and it constantly cleanses the heart and its meditations. For these words are not idle or dead, but effective and living." (Large Catechism)
I lift all of you up in prayer everyday. I hope and trust that you are praying for me as well.
God's blessings shine upon you and your loved ones,