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Day 7 of Lent

Day 7 of Lent

"How lovely is your dwelling place, O Lord Almighty! My soul yearns, even faints, for the courts of the LORD; my heart and my flesh cry out for the living God. Even the sparrow has found a home, and the swallow a nest for herself, where she may have her young - a place near your altar, O LORD Almighty, my King and my God. Blessed are those who dwell in your house; they are ever praising you… Better is one day in your courts than a thousand elsewhere; I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God than dwell in the tents of the wicked" (Psalm 84:1-4, 10).
Lectio Divina Rhythms/Process (Repeat three times):

(a) Read the Scripture passage outloud ("Lectio")
(b) Read the passage again; Reflect on the focus question below ("Meditatio")
(c) Read the passage again: Respond in quiet prayer/journaling ("Oratio")
(d) Rest in God's invitation for you to read your journal out loud to yourself ("Contemplatio")

1st Reading: What is one word or phrase the Holy Spirit impresses on you? Meditate on that.

my heart and my flesh cry out for the living God.

2nd Reading: Enter into the Scripture passage. What do you feel? What specific situation in your life today relates? Write down a prayer or pray quietly.

"Signs! Signs! The world is a book
And what is not the writing?
The world is charged, for those that look,
"With grandeur, God's reminding:
"In all things near to thee
Oh, read and see
Then name these mysteries

George McDonald

High Priest Jesus, YOU have opened the door so I may draw near without fear of condemnation. I now dwell in the court of the Lord and my home is now YOUR house. May I recognize YOUR infinitely costly gift to me in YOUR blood that paid for my entrance into this glory. In that light give me praise today. Help me not desire to have my home among the wicked when I can dwell in the wonder of YOUR presence free of fear and full of love. Draw me near to YOU this day. Amen

3rd Reading: What is God's personal invitation for you from the Scripture? You can write down what God may be saying to you or a prayer of thanks. Or rest quietly in God.
Come you who are weary and heavy laden and I will give you rest.

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