Lectio Divina: Two Examples

At Monkfish Abbey, we like to process things in word and images. One mode of expression we use often is Collage. Tonya and Josh Hyde introduced it to us, and we’ve never set it down. Our Abbess often says that collage is our primary language.

Here are two pieces of collage that came out of time spent in lectio divina. The first is a response to a scripture reading, the second in response to a poem. At Monkfish Abbey, we try to provide a scriptural reference and another piece of writing for any given lectio theme. It allows people to step into the practice from whereever they are standing and broadens our understanding of how God speaks to us through scripture and art.
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Bearings in Christ

even though I am free of the demands and expectations of everyone, I have voluntarily become a servant to any and all in order to reach a wide range of people: religious, nonreligious, meticulous moralists, loose-living immoralists, the defeated, the demoralized – whoever. I didn’t take on their way of life. I kept my bearings in Christ – but I entered their world and tried to experience things from their point of view. I’ve become just about every kind of servant there is in my attempts to lead those I meet into a God-saved life. I did all this because of the Message. I didn’t just want to talk about it; I wanted to be in on it!

bearings in christ

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When all you had was Him

O my Beloved,
I searched both worlds
but never found joy without you.
I have seen many wonders
but never a wonder like you

I pressed my soul’s ear
against countless doors
but never heard words as sweet as yours.

O what grace you pour upon your servants!
From our view the ocean looks so small!

O Saaqui, sweet sight of my eyes,
I’ve never seen one like you
in all of Persia or Arabia.
Pour the wine that takes me myself,
for this petty existence
brings nothing but fatigue.

You are the endless Love,
You are the heavenly song,
You are the mother and father
You are the one I always know.

We are scraps of iron
your love is the magnet that draws us near
Why should I seek?
All I need do is love…

Rest now my soul,
leave behind your religion
and your empty show of faith

Remember when your had no religion?
Remember when all you had was him.

-Rumi

when all i had was you