I love to study the Bible using an ancient method called Lectio Divina (Sacred reading), which involves a lot of reflection and introspection about how the scriptures apply to my life.
But for my devotional time, I practice Visio Divina (Sacred vision), which helps me to see how God is revealed through the ordinary. I use photos from my travels for my meditations:
The process looks like this:
(Seeing God’s presence in everyday objects)
1) What do you see?
2) Search deeper
3) Where do you see God?
4). Pray with the image
This Yakima Indian mother was proud to show me her little son, wrapped warmly and securely in a blanket on his papoose board. With every movement she made, the little shells dangling around her son’s head made a tiny jingling sound. She laughed at my delight and then explained that the sound of the shells was to keep the evil spirits away.
What do we do when the evil spirits invade our lives? When greed attacks, when jealousy raises its head, when we are tempted to be dishonest or to tell an un-truth? It will probably take more than jingling shells to rid us of our demons.
My noisy shells come in the form of self-discipline…of making myself ask that tired, old question: What would Jesus have me do? If I remember to ask that one simple thing, I can usually avoid the pitfalls. But life gets busy, prayer gets forgotten, the Bible gets a bit dusty, and I forget to ask the question.