Video Series: “I Can Only Imagine”

By Kathy Keary

Our full series in the Contemplative Prayer Video Series is here.

Revisit earlier articles in our Contemplative Life Series here.

Today we will deepen our reflection on emotions that stir within us when watching a music video featuring the song, “I Can Only Imagine.”

Let me tell you about the artists. Mat and Savanna Shaw are a dad and daughter duo that made their debut during Covid and have become quite popular holding concerts and making CDs and music videos. They have beautiful voices that are a wonderful gift to the world. Their music can be found on YouTube, Amazon Music, and I am sure other music outlets. In this video, they are singing with a Brazilian singer, Nathan Pacheco.

I have listened to the song, “I Can Only Imagine,” too many times to count. It continues to fill me with deep, palpable emotions.

As you listen and watch the video, reflect on the emotions that surface. This will take your meditation to a deeper level. After viewing the video, ponder the questions presented below. Journaling also encourages a deeper, Spirit-led meditation. You may be moved to journal your responses. Don’t limit yourself to words. Sometimes words are lacking when expressing profound emotions. Perhaps you will be moved to art journal your experience.

  • What emotions are stirring within you as you reflect on “I Can Only Imagine.”
  • What image comes to mind as you reflect on the emotions that have surfaced? What does this image say to you?
  • What word comes to mind as you reflect on the emotions that have surfaced? What does this word say to you?
  • What color speaks to the emotions that you are experiencing? What does this color represent for you?
  • As you embrace the emotions that have surfaced, how is your body responding? What do you feel happening within your body? What is your body saying to you?

On Thursday evenings beginning Sept. 15, Fr Garry Richmeier will be facilitating Bridges to Contemplative Living with Thomas Merton using the Ave Maria’s booklet: Adjusting Your Life’s Vision. Details are on the website.

Until we meet again, may the good Lord keep you in the palm of his hand.

[Kathy Keary, spiritual director, holds a bachelor’s degree in education, a master’s degree in theological studies, and completed 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.]

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