What Do You See? Visio What? (Pre-Lenten Journey 2016)

Dr. Eric HaskinsLenten Journey 2016, Space SaversLeave a Comment

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S tarting on Friday, January 29th, and then each of the 10 days (not counting Sunday) leading up to Lent, I will be posting a series of space saving experiences. These will be simple ideas to help you create space in the normal flow of your life. Many will seem familiar and routine but I hope to offer a slightly different perspective that will allow you to grow the relational richness with Christ and the community of faith a Lenten Journey offers.

Pre-Lenten Space Saver

One of my favorite authors is Henri Nouwen. And one of my favorite books, by Nouwen is, The Return of the Prodigal Son. In this book, that has shaped my own Christian formation, Nouwen beautifully shares the spiritual effect of sitting before Rembrandt's presentation of this famous Gospel story. Since then I've come to learn what Nouwen was doing is called visio divina. Visio divina invites the viewer into “divine seeing."

Visio divina shares roots with the ancient practice of prayerfully reading the scriptures - lectio divina - divine reading. Both practices invite one into a slow, prayer filled interaction with the point of focus - Scripture or art. Just as lectio divina can be used individually or with a small group or communal worship experience so too can visio divina by inviting those there into a prayer filled encounter with Scripture through a piece of art or other visual means.

Visio Divina With Mary & Martha

This video contains four different pieces of art depicting the story of Mary and Martha from the Gospels. After reading the story here, play the video and then journey through the questions below.

Receive . . . Reflect . . . . Respond . . .

  • Which photo captures your attention? Why?
  • As you continue to use that image below, what feelings does it stir in you? Let those feelings quietly formulate into prayers that you will journal through over the next several moments.
  • How else can you use visio divina during the season of Lent?

Lenten Journey 2016

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