Proverbs 27:17

Proverbs 27:17

Saturday, May 25, 2024

Establishing the atmosphere

Hello All,

Recently, I have been asked how to establish a contemplative atmosphere to assist in deriving the greatest benefit from Bible study. Perhaps more specifically, how to open oneself to hearing God's word. 

This is a good question. My circadian rhythms differ from many because I thoroughly enjoy being up late at night. It is a time when it is truly quiet. Next I seek music and have found either Russian Orthodox music or Gregorian Chants that are very powerful in soothing the turbulent mind. I tend to listen to the same piece over and over again. Lately that selection has been "Russian Orthodox Music to Heal Mind and Body; Sacred Treasures" - Choral Masterworks. This has been assembled by Bibleverse Studio. On the screen is an ever changing display of the great Orthodox iconography and a series of Bible verses. The very first is Ps. 30:2: "Lord my God, I called to you for help and you healed me." What a wonderful verse to begin the dampening of the 'self' within each of us and become receptive to the guidance found in our sacred Scripture. 

I pray this helps in our personal journey with God. 

Love, hank

Hank Hohenstein, OFS
Land Steward
161 Osprey Vista
Shady Cove, OR 97539
Cell: 541-973-5442

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