Christmas: Imaginative Meditation

For an introduction to imaginative prayer check out this post.

Journeying towards Christ

Grace: for interior knowledge of the Lord, that I may more love and follow Him.

In those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that the whole world should be enrolled. This was the first enrollment, when Quirinius was governor of Syria. So all went to be enrolled, each to his own town. And Joseph too went up from Galilee from the town of Nazareth to Judea, to the city of David that is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and family of David, to be enrolled with Mary, his betrothed, who was with child.

Imagine how Mary and Joseph must have felt when they heard this decree. Imagine them discussing their journey and what it will mean. What fears and concerns do they have?

Now, imagine that you are journeying with them to Bethlehem. Imagine walking the eighty miles to Bethlehem, through the desert? What do you see and talk about along the way?

While they were there, the time came for her to have her child, and she gave birth to her firstborn son. She wrapped him in swaddling clothes and laid him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.

Walk with Joseph and Mary through the streets of Bethlehem. Feel their pain as they are forced to bring into the world in a stable. Imagine yourself in the rude dwelling where Christ chose to be born-the smell and sound of animals, the rough hay. This lowly place is where God will empty himself out for us.

Now there were shepherds in that region living in the fields and keeping the night watch over their flock. The angel of the Lord appeared to them and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were struck with great fear. The angel said to them, “Do not be afraid; for behold, I proclaim to you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. For today in the city of David a savior has been born for you who is Christ and Lord. And this will be a sign for you: you will find an infant wrapped in swaddling clothes and lying in a manger.” And suddenly there was a multitude of the heavenly host with the angel, praising God and saying: “Glory to God in the highest and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.”

Imagine that you are a shepherd, doing what you have always done. The cool of night and the sound of your sheep surround you. You are sitting on the hard ground when a bright light appears. Unbelievably, heavenly beings appear and share an incredible message. This is the Messiah your people have been waiting for for thousands of years! What is your response to the Angel’s message? Does it fill you with joy, fear. Excitement? Do you wonder why this message is coming to you, a lowly shepherd? What do you and the other shepherds say to one another? You begin to journey towards the city to find your savior.

Take a few minutes to talk to God about what happened during your prayer time and to ask Him how you can make room in your heart for Christ.

Our Father

 

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