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Scripture meditation is a difficult discipline. There is the temptation to give up or to be sporadic in the practice. However Dietrich Bonhoeffer encourages us to be be patient. We find those words that in his book, Meditating on the Word

Whoever seriously undertakes the daily practice of meditation will soon discover great difficulties. Meditation and prayer must be practiced earnestly and for a long time. So the first rule is not to become impatient with yourself. Do not become confused and upset because of your distractions. Just sit down again every day and wait very patiently. If your thoughts keep wandering, there is no need for you to hold on to them compulsively.

There is noting wrong with letting them roam where they will; but then incorporate in your prayers the place or person to which they have gone. So you will find your way back to your text, and the minutes spent in such distractions will not be lost and will no longer be any cause for worry (34-35).

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