Praying with Art: The Return by Jim Janknegt

"The Return" by Jim Janknegt

  • Light a candle to remember Christ’s presence with you.
  • Sit three to five minutes in silent meditation paying close attention to the breath.
  • Study this painting, The Return, for three to five minutes.  Envision this time to be a visual prayer.
  • What phrase or image captures your attention?
  • Spend another three to five minutes in prayer with this painting.  Allow the phrase or image to grow in you.
  • Where does the word or image take you? What is growing there?
  • Is there a message for you from God?
  • Spend another three to five minutes in prayer with this painting seeking a call to action.
  • What is God calling you to do?
  • Give thanks for this time in prayer to listen to God’s message and for any new insights you have received.
  • Share as you feel led in the reply box below.

Revised Common Lectionary Readings for Sunday, November 30, 2011, Christ the King Sunday Year A
Ezekiel 34:11-16, 20-24
Psalm 100: 1-5
Ephesians 1:15-23
Matthew 25:31-46
If you use these prayers in other groups, please give credit to author.
Permission to use in not-for-profit settings The Rev. Lil Smith, M.Div., DASD

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