Advent – John the Baptist – Praying with Art

John the Baptist by Jesus Mafa

  • 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 sit, allow this image to grow on and within you.
  • Imagine walking down to the river.  You see a crowd listening to one from the wilderness.
  • You are compelled to sit and listen.
  • What do you hear?
  • What truth do you know?
  • How do you know this?
  • Some newcomers arrive, asking questions.
  • Who is asking these questions?
  • What tension do you notice?
  • What truth is spoken?
  • How do you know it is the truth?
  • The one to whom you sit and listen proclaims he is not worthy.
  • How are you not worthy to embrace the One who is coming?
  • Allow God to embrace this place that is not worthy as you give yourself fully to God.
  • The One who is coming will carry this burden.
  • Give thanks to God for this time by the river 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 11, 2011, the Second Sunday of Advent Year B 
Isaiah 61:1-4, 8-11
Psalm 126:1-6
1 Thessalonians 5:16-24
John 1:6-8, 19-28

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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About Lil Smith

My simple life… is not simple at all. Yet it is so simple when I let God lead me. I have been married to Greg for 26 years and we have three wonderful children. My simple life is not simple at all. Yet it is so simple when I let God take control. I followed God’s call to begin seminary at Perkins School of Theology in January 2006. I graduated in May 2011. My life is not simple at all. Yet it is so simple when I listen for God’s call. I began the Degree in the Art of Spiritual Direction at San Francisco Theological Seminary in January 2009. I graduated in May 2011. My life is not simple at all. Yet it is so simple when I listen for God's call. I was ordained in the Presbyterian Church USA and spent three amazing years in Pastoral Ministry at Highland Springs Senior Living in Dallas, TX. My life is not simple at all. Yet it is so simple when I listen for God's call. My passion is the Christian Spiritual Life. As a spiritual director and retreat leader, I am so blessed to hear how God is at work in the world. How is God at work in your life?
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