Devotional for December 17

Still your body and silently study the painting by John August Swanson. Invite God’s presence. Meditate on what you are seeing. After some time with the painting, consider the following questions:

  • What captures your attention?
  • Reflect on the colors, lines, shadows, values, and intensity. Is there
    action or movement?
  • Put yourself in this painting. How would you respond?
  •  What do you learn about Christ from this image?
  • What does it tell you about God?
  • What does it reflect about Advent to you?

Swanson, John August. Shepherds, from Art in the Christian Tradition, a project of the
Vanderbilt Divinity Library, Nashville, TN.

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