For several weeks, we have engaged in the practice of Lectio Divina or Divine Reading. This week, I would like to introduce a different, but related, devotional practice called Visio Divina.
As you engage in Visio Divina, we will engage our eyes as we reflect on this week's scripture. As you get ready to begin, find a comfortable and quiet place. You may like to journal in response, but that is not necessary. When my mind wanders, I find it helpful to jot down what I was thinking (since it's often things I need to do or items for a grocery list!) and then to return to my devotional time.
Take several deep breaths before you begin.
Our scripture for this week is Acts 3:1-11.
"One day Peter and John were going up to the temple at the hour of prayer, at three o’clock in the afternoon. And a man lame from birth was being carried in. People would lay him daily at the gate of the temple called the Beautiful Gate so that he could ask for alms from those entering the temple. When he saw Peter and John about to go into the temple, he asked them for alms. Peter looked intently at him, as did John, and said, ‘Look at us.’ And he fixed his attention on them, expecting to receive something from them. But Peter said, ‘I have no silver or gold, but what I have I give you; in the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, stand up and walk.’ And he took him by the right hand and raised him up; and immediately his feet and ankles were made strong. Jumping up, he stood and began to walk, and he entered the temple with them, walking and leaping and praising God. All the people saw him walking and praising God, and they recognized him as the one who used to sit and ask for alms at the Beautiful Gate of the temple; and they were filled with wonder and amazement at what had happened to him.
"While he clung to Peter and John, all the people ran together to them in the portico called Solomon’s Portico, utterly astonished."
By Nicolas Poussin - Aiwaz, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=15557519
If you would like to share any of your observations or wonderings, feel free to do so in our Facebook group, with a friend or with Pastor Lecia.