Lectio Divina with Creation

Lectio divina is an ancient form of Christian contemplative prayer that focuses on the “holy reading” of Scripture as a means of moving deeper into the presence and love of God. Lectio divina with Creation follows the same prayer pattern but uses God’s Creation instead of God’s Word to experience the love of God.

1. Relax

Settle into a place in Creation (backyard, park, woods, lake, mountains, etc.) where you can be still and quiet for about 15 minutes. Relax your muscles and breathe naturally. In some way mark this place and time as sacred for you.

2. Read

Gradually become more aware of the sights, sounds, smells, and maybe even the touches and tastes that surround you. “Read” this little slice of Creation before you, and listen with the “ear of your heart” to the part of Creation with which you most deeply connect.

3. Reflect

Reflect on this part of Creation (cooing of a mourning dove, squirrel racing across yard, old and tall tree, smell of a flower, feel of a cool breeze, etc.). What do you observe? What captures your attention? What speaks to you? What touches your heart?

4. Respond

As you continue to listen to Creation with the “ear of your heart,” let this experience of God’s Creation sink deeper into your soul and give thanks to the Creator.

5. Rest

Be still for awhile in the glory, harmony, and love of God’s Creation.


For more about praying with nature, see Christine Valters Paintner ‘s book, Water, Wind, Earth, and Fire: The Christian Practice of Praying with the Elements.