It is tempting to skip the time of Advent and jump right to Christmas. As far as the Church goes, Christmas has not even begun yet! Advent is our time of preparation and a chance to consider the state of things in the world prior to the coming of the Christ child. The prophet Isaiah was one who lived in that time and God's coming and it is he who is pictured above. Before scrolling farther down, let me invite you to take time to just "soak" in the image. Then begin considering each of the five parts of Lectio Visual.
Take time and move through each step. Note the questions in the following paragraph for suggestions as you practice Lectio Visual.
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.
As you look at this image, what words come to your mind? Look at the people,their body language. Note the colors chosen. What speaks to you about the location? 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 to look up a Scripture. If you need help, you might try going to www.biblegateway.com to do a search through the Bible using a key word that comes to you. You might consider looking up an Isaiah text from the church calendar such as Isaiah 40:1-11 or 61:1-4 & 8-11.
Remember that there are those images, icons or symbols that appeal to us. 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 it 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.