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We're grateful to Marek P. Zabriske and Forward Movement for allowing us to offer this spiritual practice as a complement to reading The Social Justice Bible Challenge book. 

April 5 - May 14, 2021

Easter Sunday marks the beginning of the Great 50 days of Easter. Our lectionary presents readings of the resurrected Christ reminding the disciples of the work ahead.  As we contemplate how we can be Christ to others, we invite you to join us in reading The Social Justice Challenge | A 40 Day Bible Challenge by Marek P. Zabriskie. "This important book bridges the gap between knowing the Bible and living it and the daily meditations connect their compassion to God's Word." 

As a way of going deeper with this book, we've added a Visio Divina practice to each daily reading.  Each day we'll post an image related to the scripture reading or reflection from the book below and on our social media pages. We hope you will participate in this interactive study that will take us deeper into this challenge.  

The Four Steps of Visio Divina

(Description is taken from the Episcopal Prayer website). 

"God speaks to us in many ways–through relationships, our experiences, sacred texts such as the Bible, and many more. Visio Divina, Latin for divine seeing, is praying with images to listen to God’s words. Like Lectio Divina, Latin for divine reading,  

 

Visio Divina has four steps:

1. Read the text (in this case art) slowly, taking a first glance noting the colors, people, places, and things.  Remain with the image for one to two minutes. If you would like, jot down a few words about the image.

2. Take a second, deeper, look. Where is there movement? What relationships do you see? Engage your imagination. Where are you in the artwork? What do you see from that perspective? What deeper meaning emerges?

3.  Respond to the image with prayer. Did the image remind you of an experience, person, or issue for which you’d like to offer thanksgiving or intercession? Offer that prayer to God.

4. Find your quiet center. Breathe deeply. Relax your shoulders, arms, and legs. Rest in this quiet. Let God pray in you. God prays beyond words.

Think of Visio Divina like this–putting on God-glasses to see how an image illuminates Christ for you.

Read from your book each day and reflect on the questions posed.  Then take a few moments
to click on the daily image and reflect on it using the Visio Divina steps above.  The images will also be posted to our social media accounts and we invite you to share your reflections with us in the comment section when you feel inspired to do so. 

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