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; Song: As a Deer Longs by John Philip Newell, sung by Suzanne Butler* ( *Used with permission


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, 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 beContinue reading “Luke 24:1-12 for Sunday, April 21, 2019”

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

          Photo: Rock Dove, by Alan D. Wilson* http://www.naturespicsonline.com (higher resolution version obtained in correspondence with website owner), CC BY-SA 2.5, Song: Alabaster by Trace Bundy* ( *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 apartContinue reading “Savoring Parker Palmer…Back Soon”

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* ( *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; Song: Hallelujah by Trinity Music and Marty Reardon* ( *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 takeContinue reading “Will you give a gift?”

Fixed…John 15:26-16:15 for Sunday, May 22, 2016

Friends, I apologize for the earlier technical difficulty with this week’s podcast! You should be able to access the audio now. Thank you, Karen Crutchfield, for bringing the problem to my attention. Deepest Peace, Todd Icon: This is a version of The Holy Trinity icon written by Andrei Rublev of the 15th Century. This particular version hangsContinue reading “Fixed…John 15:26-16:15 for Sunday, May 22, 2016”

John 10:22-30 for Sunday, April 17, 2016

Image: Circle Journaling. This is my visual for the exercise I describe at the conclusion of the podcast. Placing the word, phrase, image that was given to you as you listened to the text being read in in a circle/shape in the middle of the page, draw lines outwardly from there to other circles where you areContinue reading “John 10:22-30 for Sunday, April 17, 2016”

John 21:1-19 for Sunday, April 10, 2016

Photo: That’s the little Cuthbert’s Isle, just off the shore of Lindisfarne Island, England. One September night, a few years ago, when I meant to spend just a few hours of the night in prayer on Cuthbert’s Isle, I accidentally got stranded the entire night due to a very high and fast rising tide. During the night,Continue reading “John 21:1-19 for Sunday, April 10, 2016”