By Kathy Keary
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As we conclude our Advent series, you are invited to use your imagination to walk in the shoes of Joseph when he learns that his betrothed is with child. Allow Joseph’s story to speak to your story as you respond to challenging and uncertain times.
Step 1: Find a comfortable spot and enjoy a moment of silence. Invite the Holy Spirit to guide your prayer experience.
Step 2: Slowly read The Birth of Jesus according to Matthew 1:18-25.
Step 3: Assume the role of Joseph as you imagine the scene. Be in Joseph’s shoes. Feel what he feels. Experience this as he did. Allow the Spirit to guide your imagination.
Picture the details surrounding you when you learn that Mary is with child. Where are you? How do you learn the news? How do you react? What do you say to Mary and to others?
Imagine the details following the dream. What do you do and say? What are your words to Mary? What do you say to others?
Step 4: Go beyond the written text and imagine what is transpiring deep within Joseph.
Step 5: Allow Joseph’s response to speak to your experience of living through uncertainty.
Step 6: Reflect on how you have been touched by this experience. Share with God what is stirring within. Allow space for the divine to communicate to you.
Step 7: Conclude your prayer time resting in the divine embrace. Enjoy a moment of stillness savoring the silence within.
As you continue your journey through Advent, consider assuming the role of the characters in other infancy narratives. Allow their story to speak to your story. Allow their example to be a source of inspiration for you. As you approach the miracle of Christmas Day, may you find hope amid uncertainty as you witness the strength and courage exhibited by Mary and Joseph. May their hope spark a sense of hope deep within you.
More for You: Watch a guided meditation video for Advent.
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[Kathy Keary, a Precious Blood Companion and spiritual director, holds a master’s degree in theological studies and is a graduate of the Atchison Benedictine’s Sophia Center’s Souljourners Program, an intense study of spirituality and spiritual direction. Kathy believes that the divine is present and active in all of life and encourages others to be awakened to the God in all including the divine within. She enjoys accompanying others on their journey to wholeness discovering the person they were created to be.]
Image is “The Anxiety of Saint Joseph” (L’anxiété de Saint Joseph), 1886-1894 by James Tissot in the collection of the Brooklyn Museum.
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