Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Kingswood UMC Day 6 - 7/29/15

Every morning here at the Posada los Volcanes, our hotel, we do our devotions in the form of Lectio Divina.

Lectio Divina is Latin for Divine Reading. This form of devotion is a traditional Benedictine practice of scriptural reading, meditation, and prayer.

How we practice this form is to read the scripture aloud three times in a row. One person reads it for the first time, while the group closes their eyes and focuses on hearing the words. We then are encouraged to share words and phrases that jump out at us.

The second person reads aloud while the group listens again, this time focusing on seeing Christ in the text. Then we share which part of the text touches our hearts and why.

Lastly, a third person reads and the group reads along. All of us are to focus on what Jesus is calling us to do, and how we can relate to the text during the duration of the week.

This unique way to connect with Jesus and relate to the Bible has been different for many of us, but everyone has shared their thoughts in relation to Christ.

Today’s reading was Corinthians 12. We compared how each body part is a necessity to the human body, just as each individual person is a necessity to the world. We shared how we believe each of us are important in this mission. Although we are currently foreigners, we connect with the people in the presence of Jesus.

After our reading, the team went out to villages around the local lake. We saw beautiful scenery, handmade gifts, and popular churches.

Tomorrow, we are back to work on our work site in Porvenir!


-The Guatemala Team

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