Praying with Art – Mary, Do Not Be Afraid

  • Light a candle to remember Christ’s presence with you.
  • Sit five to fifteen minutes in silent meditation paying attention to the deep breath.
  • As you pray with this piece of art, what image captures your attention?
  • Stay with this image, allowing it to deepen within you.
  • Close your eyes for 3 to five minutes and allow this image to grow inside you.
  • Open your eyes and enter this image again.  Spend three to five minutes gazing upon the image.
  • As you gaze upon this image, do you hear a message from God?
  • Close your eyes for three to five minutes as you listen.
  • Gaze upon the image for a third time.  Spend three to five minutes in prayer as you contemplate God’s message to you.
  • Do you hear a call-to-action from God?
  • Sit and listen.
  • Give thanks to God for this time in prayer and for any new insights you have received.
  • Share as you feel led in the reply box below.

Revised Common Lectionary Readings for Sunday, December 18, 2011, the Third Sunday of Advent Year B 
2 Samuel 7:1-11, 16
Luke 1:47-55
Psalm 89:1-4, 19-26
Romans 16:25-27
Luke 1:26-38

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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