This is a picture of “Head of Christ” painted by Rembrandt.                                                                                                                                                             There is something about this picture that really resonates with                                                                                                                                                   my soul.   It hangs in the sunroom where we relax when                                                                                                                                                                 weather keeps us from being out on the deck.  My eyes are                                                                                                                                                           often drawn to Jesus’ face and linger for several minutes…                                                                                                                                                             especially his eyes. 

                                                                                                Visio divina is a practice that invites us into "divine seeing." It                                                                                                                                                         shares roots with the ancient practice of lectio divina, or ‘divine                                                                                                                                                     reading.” 

                                                                                                Visio divina encourages us to encounter the divine through images through prayerful                                                                                                             consideration and contemplation.


Try Visio Divina

  1. Pick out an image from a website, a photograph, painting, or icon.

  2. Look at the image and let your eyes stay with the very first thing that you see. Keep your attention on that one part of the image that first catches your eye. Try to keep your eyes from wandering to other parts of the picture. Breathe deeply and let yourself gaze at that part of the image for a minute or so.

  3. Now, let your eyes gaze at the whole image. Take your time and look at every part of the picture. See it all. Reflect on the image for a minute or so.

  4. Consider the following questions:

    • What emotions does this image evoke in you?

    • What does the image stir up in you, bring forth in you? Does it remind you of an important event or season, or suggest a new or different way of being?

    • Does this image lead you into an attitude of prayer? If so, let these prayers take form in you. What desires or longings emerge?  Write them down if you desire.

    • How do you find yourself wanting to respond to what you are experiencing?

  5. Now, offer your prayers to God in a final time of silence.  If possible, share your thoughts and insights with a partner.

Bring your prayer to a close by resting in God's grace and love.




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Blakeslee, PA 18610


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