Last night I participated in a group Lectio-Divina exercise. Lectio-Divina is the practice of reading the scriptures in a prayerful, meditative way, inviting the Spirit of God to speak to us through the word. It was originally a practice reserved for individual, private disciplines but over the past few years has become something practiced in small groups. I have always enjoyed the experience and am awed by the way God speaks to individuals through a set time of quiet and meditation.
The passage we focused on last night was Psalm 143. In a number of places the author mentions enemies, “The enemy pursues me” (vs. 3); “Rescue me from my enemies” (vs. 9); “Silence my enemies” (vs. 12). Following our time of reflection and even into today I have had conversations about exactly who our enemies are, how Jesus invites us to respond to them.
In the midst of this reflection on enemies I received an email in which Brian McLaren shares how God has used a “Prayer Regarding Critics and Enemies by Bishop Nikolai Velimirovic” to help him better understand the role of enemies in our lives and to help shape our Christ like response to them. I was deeply moved as I reflected on this mans experiences in life and the heart which motivated him to respond with grace, compassion and an openness to the leading and teaching of God. May we all respond to our ”enemies” in such a way.