John 20:1-18 for Sunday, April 12, 2020

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photo: Surprising Grace in a Park, taken by Todd Spencer, April 2020.

Music: Be Still My Soul, Trinity Music*
(https://store.cdbaby.com/cd/trinitymusic6)

*used with permission

 

Matthew 4:12-23 for Sunday, January 26, 2020

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photo: HospitALLity by Martha McIver, recently displayed at St. Gertude’s Monastery, Idaho.

Music: My Feeling Heart by Stephen Iverson*
(https://store.cdbaby.com/artist/StephenIverson)

*used with permission

 

Matthew 2:1-12 for Sunday, January 5, 2020

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photo: The Bright Star Alpha Centauri*
(https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:The_bright_star_Alpha_Centauri_and_its_surroundings.jpg)

Music: Afternoon Sun by Paul Winter*
(paulwinter.com)

*used with permission

Surgery. Back sometime soon…

Hello Listeners,

I’m heading out in a few minutes to have surgery on my shoulder. Your prayers are welcome. I hope to get back to the podcast (and fly fishing!) soon. In the meantime, I encourage you to make use of the Search field on my webpage to find an episode or two that would be helpful for your meditation and prayer. There are more than 300 accessible in my archives. Be well.

And Deepest Peace,

Todd

2 Thessalonians 2:1-5, 13-17 for Sunday, November 10, 2019

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photo: Benet Hill Monastery Entrance, Black Forest, Colorado; take by Todd Spencer on First Saturday Prayer Day, November 2, 2019.

Song: The Simple Gospel by United Pursuit, sung by Todd Spencer.

Ephesians 1:11-23 for Sunday, November 3, 2019

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photo: Saint Gertrude’s Monastery, Cottonwood, Idaho, taken by Todd Spencer during the Fall 2019 Residency of the Stewards of the Mystery spiritual direction training program.

Song: I Will Trust by Marty Reardon and Trinity Music*
(https://store.cdbaby.com/cd/trinitymusic6)

*used with permission

2 Timothy 4:5-8, 15-18 for Sunday, October 27, 2019

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photo by my childhood friend, Hugh Hood, who died in a car wreck last week. Just a few days before he died I asked if I could share some of his photos on my podcast page. He was so kind to say yes! I love you Hugh. We will never forget you and all of the joy and laughter you brought to all of us.*

Song: Drawing Me Closer by Stephen Iverson*
(https://store.cdbaby.com/artist/StephenIverson)

*used with permission

Luke 12:13-21 for Sunday, August 4, 2019

 

 

 

 

 

Song: Drawing Me Closer by Stephen Iverson, sung by Todd Spencer*
(https://store.cdbaby.com/artist/StephenIverson)

Photo: Burning barn, from https://www.pca.state.mn.us/featured/growing-problem-burning-demolished-farm-buildings

*used with permission

Romans 5:1-5 for Sunday, June 16, 2019

To Have Without Holding

 

 

 

Hello Listeners,
This week, I am re-broadcasting an episode from 2013 for this week’s lectionary Gospel text. Enjoy.
Deepest Peace,
Todd

Artwork: To Have Without Holding by Jan Richardson*
(http://www.janrichardsonimages.com)

Music: Be Quiet by Mr. Bish*
(http://soundcloud.com/mr-bish/be-quiet)

*used with permission

Acts 16:16-34 for Sunday, June 2, 2019

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Artwork: Jailer in Philippi, Engraved by Joseph Mulder (1658 – ca. 1728) from the design of Arnold Houbraken; from the collections at Pitts Theological Library, Candler School of Theology, Emory University; http://pitts.emory.edu/dia/image_details.cfm?ID=130228

Song: As a Deer Longs by John Philip Newell, sung by Suzanne Butler*
(https://heartbeatjourney.org/books/)

*Used with permission

Dad

No podcast this week. I’m at the side of my Dad in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, as we share his final moments on Earth. He’s home on hospice care. It’s a messy thin place. God is guiding us.

Back soon.

Deepest Peace,

Todd

Luke 24:1-12 for Sunday, April 21, 2019

 

 

 

 

 

 

Artwork: Henry Ossawa Tanner, The Three Marys, 1910 Fisk University, Nashville, TN 42″ x. 50″ (as found on http://artvent-artventures.blogspot.com/2014/03/the-calling-of-henry-o-tanner-religious.html, April 15, 2019). From the above listed blog post, Julie Schauer writes of Tanner:

Henry Ossawa Tanner, the most important African-American painter born in the 19th century, should probably be considered America’s greatest religious painter, too.  He came into the world in when our country was on the brink of its Civil War, in Pittsburgh, 1859.  Though his paintings are profound, he normally doesn’t get as much recognition as he deserves.

Religious painting has never been a significant genre in the United States. Mainly, it has been used for book illustration and in churches with stained glass windows. Of course, Europe had its own rich tradition of paintings for Catholic Churches and even in the Protestant Netherlands, Rembrandt made paintings and prints of biblical subjects for their religious significance.

Tanner reinvented religious painting with highly original interpretations.  His father was a minister in the AME Church who ultimately became the bishop of Philadelphia in 1888. His mother was born in slavery, but escaped on the underground railway. Although Tanner was born free, he obviously experienced turbulent times and discrimination; faith could have given him solace….

The Three Marys is a particularly beautiful portrait of women as they see the light in front of Jesus’ tomb and that he has risen from the dead.  The witnessing of a miracle is a profound spiritual event. Each woman has a slightly different psychological response. Like many of Rembrandt’s paintings, The Three Marys is nearly monochromatic, with blue as the primary color. He explained the intent of his paintings, “My effort has been to not only put the Biblical incident in the original setting, but at the same time give it the human touch….to try to convey to the public the reverence and elevation these subjects impart to me.”  It seemed that as time went on, the blues get stronger and stronger in his paintings.

Music: Alleluia by Stephen Iverson*
(https://store.cdbaby.com/Artist/StephenIverson)

*used with permission

 

Luke 19:28-40 for Sunday, April 14, 2019 – Palm Sunday

 

 

 

 

 

Song: A Quiet Time by Stephen Iverson*
(https://store.cdbaby.com/Artist/StephenIverson)

Photo: Young Donkey Colt
(found on: http://westernjurisdictionumc.org/lent-2017-good-news-riding-on-a-colt-of-a-donkey/; April 8, 2019)

*used with permission

Back soon

Friends,

I will not get to record this week’s lectio podcast. I’m in Wyoming for Board of Ordained Ministry meetings and now delayed due to the “bomb cyclone” blizzard (I know, what?) that came through here yesterday. The interstates are closed. Glad to be with a whole bunch of good souls from my UMC connection though! Hope to be back to my podcast next week.

Passing the Peace of Christ to ALL,

Todd

Luke 4:1-13 for Sunday, March 10, 2019

 

 

 

 

 

Artwork:Brooklyn Museum – Jesus Ministered to by Angels (Jésus assisté par les anges) – James Tissot – overall.jpg; Created: between 1886 and 1894 – Public Domain

Song: Alleluia by Stephen Iverson*
https://store.cdbaby.com/Artist/StephenIverson

*used with permission

Luke 3:15-17, 21-22 for Sunday, January 13, 2019

 

 

 

 

 

Photo: Rock Dove, by Alan D. Wilson*
http://www.naturespicsonline.comhttp://www.naturespicsonline.com/galleries/14#5 (higher resolution version obtained in correspondence with website owner), CC BY-SA 2.5, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=1488292

Song: Alabaster by Trace Bundy*
(tracebundy.com)

*used with permission

 

 

 

 

Savoring Parker Palmer…Back Soon

Dear Listeners,

I’m back home in Broken Arrow where I grew up, visiting my parents. No podcast this or next week. But here’s a little merciful bit from Parker Palmer’s latest book, On the Brink of Everything, for your day:

“Solitude does not necessarily mean living apart from others; rather, it means never living apart from one’s self. It is not about the absence of other people — it is about being fully present to ourselves, whether or not we are with others.”

I’m pondering whether I agree entirely. I do know this is true in my experience: when I make space, clear islands of time, live in humane rhythms which allow for physical, actual solitude, and breathe deep there, I give my soul a real chance to then show up more fully when I am with others. I am one who needs and desires the literal solitude, daily. It gives me the freedom to be my better self wherever I am — alone or with others.

Praying this to be real today, here in Oklahoma. May your Christmas season be filled with grace and joy.

Warmly,

Todd

Luke 1:39-45 for Sunday, December 23, 2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

Artwork: Adoration of the Shepherds (1622), by Gerard van Honthorst – Google Art Project, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=45542035*

Music: Sweet Dreams, Little One by Paul Winter*
(https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=18456094)

*used with permission

 

Philippians 4:4-7 for Sunday, December 16, 2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photo: Vulpes Fox, https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Vulpes_vulpes_laying_in_snow.jpg; Shiretoko-Shari Tourist Association*

Song: Light that Finds Me by Stephen Iverson
(https://store.cdbaby.com/Artist/StephenIverson)*

*used with permission

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1 Thessalonians 3:9-13 for Sunday, December 2, 2018

 

 

 

 

 

Photo: Flowers outside a home in the village of Lindisfarne Island, UK, taken by Todd A. Spencer, 2010.

Song: Make Your Home in Me by Stephen Iverson*
(http://www.audiblefaith.com/pages/cd000204)

*used with permission

Mark 12:28-34 for Sunday, November 4, 2018

Photo: View from Schweitzer Mountain, Idaho, taken by Todd Spencer, 2018; during Stewards of the Mystery spiritual direction training residency #1.

Song: Silence of a Candle, sung by Theresa Thomason with Paul Winter Consort*
(paulwinter.com)

*used with permission

 

 

 

 

Back soon…

I’m away this week for Board of Ordained Ministry and Clergy Orders meetings. I will not be creating a podcast. I encourage you to use the search field on the website to find an episode for your meditation and prayer this week. Deepest Peace!

Todd

Photo: Good morning, from Estes Park taken by Todd Spencer, 2018

Mark 10:17-31 for Sunday, October 14, 2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photo: A Fall Day on the Prayer Path, John Wesley Ranch, taken by Todd Spencer

Music: Song to the Mountains by Paul Winter*
(paulwinter.come)

Benediction Song: May the Lord Bless You and Keep You by Todd Spencer, 2018

*used with permission

Mark 10:2-16 for Sunday, October 7, 2018

 

 

 

 

 

Photo: Aspen Glory at John Wesley Ranch, taken by Todd A. Spencer

Music: Lord I Have Good Reason by Stephen Iverson*
(http://www.audiblefaith.com/authors/Stephen+Iverson)

Benediction Song: May the Lord Bless You and Keep You by Todd A. Spencer*

*used with permission

 

Mark 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23 for Sunday, September 2, 2018

 

 

 

 

Photo: Todd at an ancient Bristlecone Pine Ute Prayer Tree on Pikes Peak, leading a contemplative hiking group. Bristlecone Pines like this are 1,500-4,000 years old. Photo taken by Susan Wesley Hartley.

Music: Atonement by Trinity Music*
(https://store.cdbaby.com/cd/trinitymusic6)

*used with permission

2 Corinthians 4:13-5:1 for Sunday, June 10, 2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photo: Statue of Saint Francis and the Wolf of Gubbio outside the Cathedral Basilica of Saint Francis, Santa Fe, New Mexico; taken by Todd Spencer, June 2018.

Music: Be Still My Soul, Trinity Music*
(https://store.cdbaby.com/cd/trinitymusic6)

*used with permission

John 15:1-8 for Sunday, April 29, 2018

 

 

 

 

 

Photo: Spring Snow at John Wesley Ranch, Divide, CO, taken by Todd Spencer while preparing to lead Mountain Sabbath Retreat, April 22, 2018.

Music: Make Your Home in Me by Stephen Iverson*
(www.audiblefaith.com/authors/Stephen+Iverson)

*used with permission

Mark 1:9-15 for Sunday, February 18, 2018

 

 

 

 

 

Photo: Laughing Dove, common to Israel
By Charlesjsharp from Sharp Photography, sharpphotography, as found on Wikipedia; https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Laughing_dove_(Spilopelia_senegalensis_cambayensis).jpg

Song: Hallelujah by Trinity Music and Marty Reardon*
(https://store.cdbaby.com/cd/trinitymusic6)

*used with permission

2 Kings 2:1-12 for Sunday, February 11, 2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photo: Sunrise at Lizard Creek Campground, Grand Tetons National Park by Todd Spencer*

Music: There is Nowhere by Trinity Music and Marty Rearden*
(https://store.cdbaby.com/cd/trinitymusic6)

*used with permission

Isaiah 40:21-31 for Sunday, February 4, 2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Artwork: Wilderness and Wings by Jan Richardson*
(janrichardsonimages.com)

Music: Lord I Have Good Reason by Stephen Iverson *(http://www.audiblefaith.com/authors/Stephen+Iverson)

*used with permission

 

 

Will you give a gift?

Hello Lectio Divina Friends,

Are you thankful for the Lectio Divina Podcast? Do you or your small group enjoy having access to the hundreds of archived episodes available for times of guided meditation and prayer? Would you be interested in seeing me expand my offerings and create spiritual retreats for you to download and take with you to the retreat center of your choice? If so, seriously consider clicking on the “Please Give a Gift” button on my website and help keep the momentum moving forward. My goal is to receive 100 gifts of $25 or more to expand into downloadable retreats. Be a part of it, won’t you?

Happy Thanksgiving!

And Deepest Peace if Christ,

Todd