Through prayer, we create an intentional space where we can better hear God’s call to us, and contemplate how we can live out that call. Meditating over scripture is a wonderful way to discern these things.
One way to pray over scripture is lectio divina, a Benedictine way of praying where you read a scripture passage several times in one sitting, each time drawing out a deeper layer of meaning. It helps to have a moment or two of silence in between each reading.
As you remember all the stories of human rights abuses and corruption you read this week – from Sierra Leone to the chocolate farms – we invite you to reflect on this scripture passage using the lectio divina method.
Ephesians, 5: 8 – 14
"You were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light, for light produces every kind of goodness and righteousness and truth.
Try to learn what is pleasing to the Lord. Take no part in the fruitless work of darkness; rather expose them, for it is shameful even to mention the things done by them in secret; but everything exposed by the light becomes visible, for everything that becomes visible is light."