With a new sermons series beginning about A Different Kind of Christmas, this visual seemed to leap out at me. Take your time with this one.
The practice Lectio Visual isn't complicated. Take you time and as you view the image walk through the following steps:
Look (Read): Consider deeply the image and what is being “said.”
Linger (Reflect): What is the verse or word being given to you?
Led (Respond): How are you being called to respond?
Lay (Rest): Be in God's presence.
Live (Return): Moving back into the world with how we've been changed.
Take time to reflect on the image. As you look at this image, what words come to your mind? Specifically, what Scripture passage or phrase does the Holy Spirit inspire them to speak to you? You may think of a recent news article or a quote by a famous person. So it maybe from another word or phrase that you are inspired you to look up a Scripture. If you need help, you might try going to www.biblegateway.com to do a search through the Bible.
Remember that there are those images, icons or symbols that attract us right off the bat. We are now an incredibly visual society and images are important. Christianity has been using images since the earliest days of the church. BUT, we need to realize that there are also images that don’t attract us or inspire us with joy or peace that are just as likely to be used by God.
Whatever that verse or word or phrase, take that as a guide for your prayer through this day. Read or say that verse or phrase out loud if you have time or space to do so. If not, silently reflect and pray. If it is a full story, consider using more of Lectio Divina which I talk about elsewhere on my blog.