This is the second contemplation in a series of imaginative prayer resources written by and recorded for The Practice community. Imaginative prayer is way of meeting with the Lord by using our imagination to enter a Gospel story. Using our imagination to experience the sights and sounds of the scene helps to bring our whole selves into the presence of Christ. The purpose of this prayer is to meet Jesus face-to-face and grow in intimacy with Him.

Our first prayer written by Father Michael brought us into the room with Mary at the annunciation. This contemplation is a reflection on the birth of Christ as experienced by the shepherds outside of Bethlehem written by Jason Feffer.

(painting by James Jacques Joseph Tissot)