Day 18 NOURISHMENT
Riiser Larsen Ice Shelf, Antarctica
“Part of my job is to accept that with the spectacular sights of nature also come the stark facts of life, and to see Emperor Penguins mourning in a human-like way over the death of their chicks is heart-wrenching.”
— Daniel J. Cox
Credit: © Daniel J Cox/Barcroft
Visio Divina (Latin for divine seeing) is a prayer exercise in which you ask God to speak to the eyes of your heart as you meditate on an image.
The image can be artwork, a photograph, a scene, or even an icon. As you gaze at the painting below, consider the questions at the bottom in quiet reflection. Some parts may speak to you while others may not. Allow about 5 minutes of contemplation per section, but there are no hard and fast rules. Simply be present to the image and allow God to speak to your heart without any particular agenda.
There are many cues about life and death we can take from our non-human relatives—and creation at large.
Art imitates life in these powerful images captured by photographer Daniel J. Cox on the Riiser Larsen Ice Shelf in Antarctica.
Penguins lay prostrate in staggering numbers, mourning the loss of their chicks (left), and a singular penguin walks aimlessly among the chicks who have died (right).
These pictures are moving.
Yet so often we become numb to the loss of human life
, especially when the names associated with those losses disappear in the news cycle or only make it onto the news ticker scrolling at the bottom of the screen.
As we consider what
rhythms of communal and individual lament
could look like in our lives, may these penguins serve as a reminder to us that there is an impact on the collective if even one life is lost. The ripples of loss reach far and wide.
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