Mar 17, 2019
6 Therefore, as you received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in him, 7 rooted and built up in him and established in the faith, just as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving.
8 See to it that no one takes you captive by philosophy and empty deceit, according to human tradition, according to the elemental spirits of the world, and not according to Christ.
Colossians 2:6-8 ESV
15 He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. 16 For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him. 17 And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together. 18 And he is the head of the body, the church. He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in everything he might be preeminent. 19 For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, 20 and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, making peace by the blood of his cross.
21 And you, who once were alienated and hostile in mind, doing evil deeds, 22 he has now reconciled in his body of flesh by his death, in order to present you holy and blameless and above reproach before him, 23 if indeed you continue in the faith, stable and steadfast, not shifting from the hope of the gospel that you heard, which has been proclaimed in all creation[b] under heaven, and of which I, Paul, became a minister.
20 If with Christ you died to the elemental spirits of the world, why, as if you were still alive in the world, do you submit to regulations— 21 “Do not handle, Do not taste, Do not touch”22 (referring to things that all perish as they are used)—according to human precepts and teachings?
Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God.
If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. 2 Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. 3 For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God.
The Word helps us realize the sufficiency and fullness of Christ in our lives as we avoid settling for less than the full inheritance the Father has granted us.
Steps for Lectio
A quiet preparation of the heart. (slow down, ready the heart, quiet the mind)
An initial reading of the passage (I recommend starting with short passages. Wait for the Lord to highlight a word or phrase. Stop at a word or phrase if it lights up. If nothing does, continue to listen to the whole of the passage.)
A second reading of the passage and meditation on the importance of that word or phrase
A Third reading of the passage and a response (Enter into dialogue with the Lord. What feelings does the passage or word or phrase bring up in you? Hold those feelings in his presence and talk to him about them.
Lastly contemplation. (Let the passage, word, or phrase sink deeply into your mind and soul and keep it at the forefront as you continue in your day or week. Continue the contemplation even as you finish with your time in the passage )
There are many ways to do lecto divina. A simple google search can provide a whole variety of methods. The book I referenced was the Spiritual Disciplines Handbook By Adele Ahlberg Calhoun.