Lectio on Life

by Beth A Richardson on August 15, 2012 · 53 comments


The ancient tradition of lectio divina has offered Christians a way of seeking and experiencing God in creation. We often turn to scripture when we want to know God more deeply, using lectio divina as a way of praying the scriptures, allowing the words to speak to us in new and revelatory ways. If we turn to scripture because it shows us the truth of God’s divine movement in creation, then it follows that we should also feel free to seek that truth in our own lives and experiences.

The lectio divina process is applicable to more than scripture.

Lectio on Life

  1. Pick an event in your life — it can be something that has happened recently or a memory from long ago. Choose an event or memory that touches your heart in the same way that a word or phrase would in scriptural lectio divina.
  2. As you recall this event, what aspects of it stand out to you? Think about the setting and the circumstances. What is your initial reaction to this memory?
  3. Ask yourself where God was present or absent in this experience. Did you feel God’s presence at the time? or was it not evident until later?
  4. Offer the event to God and rest in the silence and peace of God’s presence. How is God calling you forth into doing or being through this experience? Allow God to use this encounter to touch you, shape you in your life today.

Before you return to your activities, spend a few more moments and meditation. If you keep a journal, make some notes about this time with God. When you are finished, go in God’s peace and love.
More on the practices of lectio divina. Click here.

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pat freeman January 1, 2013 at 7:42 am

This site has deepened my devotional time. I recommend it all the time to friends.

Beth Richardson January 2, 2013 at 8:32 am


Thank you for your kind words. We are so grateful that we could help you deepen your connection with God. That’s what it’s all about. 🙂

Thank you for sharing Alive Now with friends!

Blessings for a healthy and hopeful new year.

Debra Dickerson January 30, 2013 at 7:22 am

What a wonderful concept to put into practice! Lectio on life! Thank you for sharing this! Just as with lectio divina and visio divina, we can take this practice and draw near to God through the space that opens up as we take the time to reflect.

Thank you again for presenting this!

I have shared this on my FB page and with my beadisciple.com workshop community, following both the campfire song “Pass it On” and the Wesleyan thought of sharing the light that we receive with others. ☺


Beth Richardson January 30, 2013 at 8:15 am

So glad you have found it and shared it!! Pass it on!!

Blessings to you and to your workshop community.


Mary maloney October 28, 2013 at 4:45 pm

I have used your good resources again and have experienced renewed peace and desire to journal with this experience. I hope to continue to use this and viso divina and audio also at other times. Thankyou God for this time and alllllll the Grace!! You have my Love and Prayers, Mary

Ken June 23, 2014 at 4:27 am

The most significant event in my (our family) life was in the death of our oldest son Peter, aged 21, in a climbing accident on New Zealand’s Aoraki Mount Cook’s southern peak in January some 30 years ago. The sadness of his death still lingers with me / (us) but in the unravelling of the full “picture” of his experience of life as son, University student, companion and friend to many, as a recently committed follower of Jesus, it became clear to us from shared stories, letters and sympathy messages from many sources . I – We marvel that it was almost as though God’s Spirit walked with him every step of the way till his passing and that his experiences of his last few weeks were testimony to that.
In attending a Christian Youth conference a few weeks before his death he was involved in leading a church service in a rural Southland Church. Using Isaiah 43 – 18 : 21 he wove a picture of his search for the next step in his own journey firmly following Jesus. It has influenced many.
Blessings to you all at Alive Now. Ken.

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