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Lection Divina – Found Poetry

Step into the gentle embrace of tradition and creativity as we embark on a journey through the contemplative practice of Lectio Divina intertwined with the modern art of found poetry. Picture yourself nestled in the quiet sanctuary of your favorite reading nook, with a cup of steaming tea or coffee by your side.

Lectio Divina, an age-old practice cherished for its ability to infuse scripture with contemplation and prayer, invites us to immerse ourselves in the divine whispers of sacred text. Meanwhile, found poetry, a vibrant expression found in the vibrant halls of high school classrooms, poetry blogs, and the visual wonders of Pinterest, beckons us to discover poetry in unexpected places.

Today, I invite you to explore a blend of ancient wisdom and contemporary creativity. Merge these two practices, allowing the sacred and poetic to intertwine harmoniously within the pages of your journal.

Take a moment to set aside the hustle and bustle of daily life, granting yourself the gift of uninterrupted time, 30-45 minutes of pure devotion to this sacred task. 

As you embark on this journey, let the words of the text resonate deeply within your soul. Allow your heart to listen attentively, to see with clarity, and to respond with reverence. May the tapestry of your reflections weave together a sacred, poetic thread, binding you ever closer to the divine presence that whispers softly within.

Give yourself 30-45 minutes for this practice.

Print this page and with gentle hands, cut out the scripture provided below.

Mark 10:46-52

46 Then they came to Jericho. As Jesus and his disciples, together with a large crowd, were leaving the city, a blind man, Bartimaeus (which means “son of Timaeus”), was sitting by the roadside begging. 47 When he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to shout, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!”

48 Many rebuked him and told him to be quiet, but he shouted all the more, “Son of David, have mercy on me!”

49 Jesus stopped and said, “Call him.”

So, they called to the blind man, “Cheer up! On your feet! He’s calling you.” 50 Throwing his cloak aside, he jumped to his feet and came to Jesus.

51 “What do you want me to do for you?” Jesus asked him.

The blind man said, “Rabbi, I want to see.”

52 “Go,” said Jesus, “your faith has healed you.” Immediately he received his sight and followed Jesus along the road.

Process

First reading

Take a deep breath and notice where you are sitting. Pay attention to the sensation of your body connecting to where you sit and how what holds you connects you to the earth. How does the light around you illuminate and cast shadows around the room? Are there sounds nearby that are distracting or soothing?

Read through the scripture slowly, listening with you heart for a word that shimmers for you. This is your anchor word.

Circle that word.

Pause and breathe deeply.

Second Reading

Read the scripture a second time and circle more words that resonate with the anchor word you first chose. Now you are starting to discern the connective tissue of a message for you.

Read aloud the words you’ve circled.

Breathe deeply.

What is your emerging poem inviting you to consider more deeply?

Third Reading

Read the selected text a third time and circle any remaining words that fill in or complete your poem.

Slowly black out all other words.

Read your poem aloud.

Is there an invitation for you to understand or do something new in your found poem?