In case you missed first week's post, which explains Visio Divina in more detail, you can find it here.
From the artist: "Rather than feeling immersed in the scene, the viewer is looking at it as if from across the street or from the warmth and safety of his or her passing car. I have a small hope that this Christmas image will come to mind when we see other “down and out” people huddling outside of gas stations, reminding us that our Savior’s parents (and indeed, Jesus himself) were at one time similarly troubled." Click here to read more.
1. Divine Seeing: gaze at the whole image. Notice your breathing; take a deep breath. Take in the image, giving space and time for it to speak to you.
2. Reflection: notice what the image brings forward for you, or how it connects with the theme of Love. A few questions you could use to reflect: How do you feel looking at the image? Where is your eye drawn? If you were in the image, where would you place yourself? Does a name for God arise for you from this image?
3. Prayer: with or without words, move your thoughts to a conversation with God.
4. Rest: return to your breathing. Pause, rest, and receive.
5. Expression & Action: journal, speak out loud, or share with a friend what has come up for you through this practice. What action might come out of your time with this image?