January 14

January 14, 2021
By: Gabriel Tseng
Meditation and Reflection

Blessed is the person who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked,
Nor stand in the path of sinners,
Nor sit in the seat of scoffers!
But his delight is in the Law of the Lord- 
Psalm 1:1-2


A practice that has become more normal in our current circumstances is reflection and meditation. The ancient practices of Lectio Divina, of hearing the word and reflecting on it, has gone through iterations throughout the years, but is essential in our hearing from the Lord and eating of daily bread. I’ve heard many encouraging things as we’ve continued our daily devotional time, albeit with a little break on the weekend, and I’ve enjoyed inviting you to be part of the reflection process. What I’ve found extremely helpful are the word played out in stories and pictures. I tend to think in pictures. For those who have spoken to me or hear my words, I can be abstract at times. It’s because God is playing movies in my mind and it’s difficult to put them into words. They are sometimes like a train I’m running after trying to catch. 

In a primarily agrarian culture where many would go about their daily routines out and about, having to walk some distance and “inefficient” systems of inconvenience, God’s people would read his words in the morning, and meditate and sing them throughout the day. They would chew on the Word like beef jerky steak and eat it slowly, allowing juices to marinate in their hearts. They would sharpen their minds to mine the deep wisdom of the Word and allow the Word to sharpen them. Writers would often use allusion and pictures to relate or describe the Word working in their own life. The baker would see the Word as yeast in the dough and the farmer would see the Word as scattered seed. Their reflections became part of scripture Their very lives, written and bound up with the fabric of God’s Word lived out in them. When they would return together from work or ate together, they would share about the Manna of the Lord, that as they ate, they ate not only physical daily bread, but the spoken and shared daily bread of the Scriptures together. 

I’d like to invite, you have always been invited, to share reflections on the Word, as a gift to me, but much more, the family of God. Please email me your thoughts and reflections that can encourage us who rely on this daily bread all the more in our current times. Maybe it also encourage you to know that we cherish God’s Word sprouting in your lives. It is always God who gives the growth. 

I want to commend also Lectio 365- an app that you can play on your phone or computer, to read and to listen. It includes The Word spoken to you as well as a guided prayer for yourself and your day. It’s brought great awareness of my own heart and the Lord’s active ongoing presence daily. 

You can find information and to download the APP here

https://www.24-7prayer.com/dailydevotional

Blessings as we go out into the world and allow the Word to marinate in our souls as we live as the hand and feet of Jesus in the neighbourhoods around us. 

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