Praying with Art: Hearing, Hearing, …Listening

  • Light a candle to remember Christ’s presence with you.
  • Sit five to fifteen minutes in silent meditation paying close attention to the deep breath.
  • Imagine that you hear the Lord as Samuel did.
  • What captures your attention in the painting?
  • Stay with that which captures you.
  • What do you hear?
  • Imagine that you hear the Lord again as Samuel did.
  • Is there another part of this image that captures you?
  • Stay with that which captures you.
  • What do you hear?
  • Imagine that you hear the Lord again as Samuel did.
  • Hold the images that have captured you.
  • Close your eyes.
  • Listen for God’s message for you.
  • Open your eyes and gaze at the image one more time.
  • Notice what captures you now.
  • Is there a call to action from God?
  • Give thanks to God for this time in prayer and listening.  Give thanks for any new insights you have received.
  • Share as you feel led in the reply box below.

Revised Common Lectionary Readings for Sunday, January 15, 2012, the Second Sunday in Ordinary Time Year B 
1 Samuel 3:1-10 (11-20)
Psalm 139:1-6, 13-18
1 Corinthians 6:12-20
John 1:43-51

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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