Written by Pastor Becca McCary
An ancient Christian prayer/bible study practice called “Lectio Divina” (Latin for Divine Reading) is meant to help you listen to God as your study His Word. This prayer practice is not just for adults or “serious” bible scholars but can also help young children grow in their faith- bringing the pages of the Bible alive and helping them make connections to biblical characters.
This prayer practice can easily be done as a family in a developmentally appropriate way if crayons and paper are used.
Here is how it is done…
1.) Choose a bible passage to read and appoint one person to be the reader. – HINT: A great place to start is part of the Easter Story from Luke 22 or 23.
2.) Give everyone a sheet of paper and Crayons or markers
3.) Read your passage one time. As the passage is read, everyone draws the scene, but NOT Jesus yet. Try to soak up every detail of the passage. The scenery, what people are thinking and feeling. All of it.
4.) Read the same passage a second time. As the passage is being read, everyone adds a layer to their drawing by including Jesus this time. You can use light colors to show characters responding to him with open hearts and dark colors to show characters whose hearts are closed to him. What is Jesus thinking and feeling? Where is his power seen? Is anything surprising about Jesus?
5.) Read the passage a third time. As the passage is being read, everyone adds in one final layer- the put themselves in the drawing. How would you respond to Jesus in this scene? What colors would be around you? How would Jesus address you? What would he have to say to you?
6.) Share what you drew and why? What did you learn from the details of the passage? What does God want to teach you personally from this story?
Let the message about Christ, in all its richness, fill your lives. Teach and counsel each other with all the wisdom he gives. Sing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs to God with thankful hearts.
Colossians 3:16 (NLT)