Another question found in Dietrich Bonhoeffer‘s book, Meditating on the Word is…

How shall I meditate?

…In the same way that the word of a person who is dear to me follows me throughout the day, so the Word of Scripture should resonate and work within me ceaselessly. Just as you would not dissect and analyze the word spoken by someone dear to you, but would accept it just as it was said, so you should accept the Word of Scripture and ponder it in your heart as Mary did.

That is all. That is meditation. Do not look for new thoughts and interconnections in the text as you would in a sermon!  Do not ask how you should tell it to others, but ask what it tells you! Then ponder this word in your heart at length, until it is entirely within you and has taken possession of you.

It is not necessary every day to go through the entire text we have chosen for meditation. Often we will hold on to one word of it for the entire day…

…If during meditation our thoughts move to persons who are near to us or to those we are concerned about, let them linger there. That is a good time to pray for them. Do not pray in general, then, but in particular for the people who are on your mind. Let the Word of Scripture tell you what you ought to pray for them…

…We begin our meditations with pray for the Holy Spirit, asking for proper concentration for ourselves and for all who we know are also meditating. Then we turn to the text. At the close of the meditation we want to truly able to say a prayer of thanksgiving from a heart that is full (33-34).

My next post will focus on the actual text we are to meditate on. Until then, may we continue to fill our hearts with God’s Word.

Bryan