Into the Silent Land

Today is a full one. Main point of interest for me is the portion we invest in Lectio Divina out on our nature walk. What better place to practice Lectio (reading), Meditatio (reflection/mimesis), Oratio (response), and Contemplatio (rest)?

This last step is where we often falter — truly resting in Christ and His word. This ancient Benedictine discipline has taught me the benefit of what Laird calls “entering the silent land ” ( see his book, Into the Silent Land). We tend to be a bit reductionistic at times, when we read, and study, and pray, but are never truly silent before the Lord. We limit His work in our lives through ceaseless chatter.

There is much to be gained through the rest that turns away from the mirror of self, and gazes into the heart of God. Ultimately place doesn’t really matter, since He is with us wherever we go. He is our resting place. But the ranch makes for a nice gateway into His presence.

My focusing verse is Colossians 3:16 “Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and exhorting one another with all wisdom, singing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs, all with grace in your hearts to God.” (‭Colossians‬ ‭3‬:‭16‬ NET). I’m praying – especially today – that the Lord would make Himself know to us in the beauty of His creation.

Thank you, Father for the loan of this land. Help us to use it to the glory of our Lord, Jesus Christ.

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