The Benedictine community originated lectio divina, which is a practice of slow, meditative, reflective engagement with scripture. The Benedictine community of St. John’s Abbey in Collegeville has been the source of the first hand illuminated Bible in 500 years — the St. John’s Bible. They have also explored a form of lectio that works with the illuminations, and which invites creative response. They call this visio divina, or “seeing the word.” I’ve just stumbled upon a very useful collection of videos at Vimeo which explore a form of this practice using illuminations from the St. John’s Bible. Beautiful! And perhaps a catalyst for doing your own meditations?