Your word is a lamp for my feet and a light for my path. (Psalm 119)
St. John the Divine, the Beloved Disciple of Jesus, prefaced his book of Revelation, with directions to the reader to ‘read aloud the words of prophesy’. When I read anything aloud, it finds its way into my own being through not only one, but all five of my integrated senses. In seeing the words and speaking them, both the right and the left sides of the brain are lit up. More than that, my ears receive the words and another two areas of my brain become engaged - the auditory processing receptors and the meaning/ synthesizing parts that integrate ideas into my thinking. My sense of taste and smell are even at work when I speak ‘words of prophecy’ because the subtle scent of each page, each book, or scroll, magazine, or computer is unique. As my mouth utters words, my breath goes in and out its receives and transmits messages of taste and odour. Even my sense of touch has a part to play as I feel the paper or the warm leather in my hand, or tap the keys to bring up the words on a screen. As I read aloud the words of prayers and scripture passages, or sing the words of prophecy embedded in so many hymns and songs, the Holy Spirit ministers to my soul in a global and integrated manner. Are you in need of inspiration? Read aloud scripture, sing spiritual hymns and songs, say prayers with full voice. It will change everything! Will I keep scriptures silent or voice them into being in my day to day reality? Holy Spirit give me voice to read your Word aloud.
Happy are those who ... delight in the law of the Lord and meditate on it day and night. (Psalm 1:2)
Blessed in the one who reads aloud the words of the prophecy, and blessed are those who hear and who keep what is written in it...
St. John the Divine, Revelation 1:3
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Beverly Illauq lives in Kemptville, Ontario, where she greets each morning by seeking the Gospel Mystery of the Day - the Word of the Lord for direct and practical application to the specific challenges & joys of the day.