I have used the spiritual practice of lectio divina – praying deeply with the word of God – for many years but haven’t ventured very much into visio divina – praying deeply with the eyes of your heart, while gazing at art and other visual images.
Until this week.
NASA just released new photographs taken with its Chandra X-Ray Observatory Space Telescope. Along with the U.N’s declaration that the year 2015 is the International Year of Light, these photos invited me into the awe of our Creator and I couldn’t contain my praise as I danced in his wonder.
Come and be dazzled with me in the Lord’s light:
“I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness but will have the light of life.”
John 8: 12
Then God said, “Let there be light”; and there was light.
It is you who light my lamp; the Lord, my God, lights up my darkness.
The sun shall no longer be your light by day, nor for brightness shall the moon give light to you by night; but the Lord will be your everlasting light, and your God will be your glory.
What do these images say to your heart? What invitation do you hear God whisper as you contemplate the heavens?