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“Love is patient; love is kind; love is not envious or boastful or arrogant or rude. Love does not insist on its own way; love is not irritable or resentful; love does not rejoice in wrongdoing, but rejoices in the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.”

1 Corinthians 13:4-7

In our virtual confirmation class each Wednesday evening on ‘Zoom,’ we begin our class time by dividing into small groups in breakout rooms and read Scripture in a form called Lectio Divina. This is a traditional Benedictine practice of scriptural reading, meditation and prayer intended to increase our interaction with God’s word.

Using Lectio Divina, the scripture is read three separate times slowly. After each reading of the scripture, questions are asked. After the first reading, the group shares a word or phrase that stands out to them. After the second reading, the group shares what the scripture says to them about God. After the third reading, the group shares how the scripture might apply to their lives now.

This past Wednesday when our class gathered back as a full group, one of the mentors shared something about the scripture that she and her family talk about. The scripture we were reading was 1 Corinthians 13:4-7; sometimes known as part of the ‘love’ chapter. The mentor shared that when we can put names of individual people in place of the word ‘love,’ those are the people we need to be surrounding ourselves with in our lives.

This is a wonderful devotional and meditation practice as we think about and give thanks for people in our lives that we should be surrounding ourselves with for love, support, encouragement and grace. I invite you to think about the people in your inner circle and those you have contact with in your life…do they fit into this Scripture? If so, give thanks and surround yourself with their love. May we also be able to put our own name in this Scripture and have it be true.