Ordinary Time: Proper 12

Divine Help (Psalm 63:7-8) by Michelle L Hofer — mixed media painting on paper, 8 x 10 inches, 2018.

July 24, 2022 Lectionary Texts — Year C
Hosea 1:2-10 and Psalm 85 • Genesis 18:20-32 and Psalm 138 • Colossians 2:6-15, (16-19) • Luke 11:1-13

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Image Description: On a background of bright metallic copper brushed and splattered atop deep teal blue appears a wing lined in bright white and dark blue in the upper portion of the painting. Beneath the wing is a hand gently reaching down — it’s shape subtly created with golden dot work.

Whenever I walk into trouble, You are there to bring me out. You hold out Your hand to protect me against the wrath of my enemies, and hold me safely in Your right hand. The Eternal will finish what He started in me. Your faithful love, O Eternal One, lasts forever; do not give up on what Your hands have made. — Psalm 138:7-8

Practicing Visio Divina:

  1. View the artwork
    What do you see?

    Note shapes – color – style – movement
    What stands out for you?
    What are you curious about?
    What questions do you have?
    Hold back any feelings – judgments – opinions
  2. Read the accompanying scripture and look over the artwork again
    What connections do you make?

    Between the image and text?
    What is coming to mind from your own experience?
    What feelings are rising in you?
    Are you uncomfortable with something?
    There are no right or wrong answers
  3. Read the scripture again and explore the artwork a third time
    What do you hear?

    What is God saying to you?
    What do you wish to speak to God?
    What blessing or prayer is rising in you?

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