— S A C R E D R E A D I N G F O R D A Y 8 —
Read this passage slowly, repeatedly (three times), and/or aloud. The goal is not to glean information as you would from an email or text message but to read as if you are sitting at God’s feet.
Another way of saying this is to “ponder with your heart.” Think about what assumptions or presuppositions you bring to this passage. Look for a word or phrase that bubbles to the surface and deeply consider it’s meaning. Think about how you feel regarding these words and what the deeper meaning of the passage is.
While this whole process is truly about communication with God, the next step is to respond in prayer to what you meditated about. This could be a prayer of thankfulness for something you noticed, a prayer of petition for God’s help, a prayer of confession, or possibly a prayer of commitment to something.
While this may sound like it means you should meditate again, the true intent is for you to rest in the presence of God. This may be a difficult part of the practice because you might feel like you ought to be actively doing something. The actual goal is to experience and enjoy the embrace of the Father as you listen to him. Contemplation requires us to sit with God as a young child would on the lap of their parent.