Take a look at this picture and reflect on the following:
17th-century painter Rembrandt van Rijn is best known now for his paintings. However, in his day, his prints and etchings were more highly regarded. The Adoration of the Shepherds: With the Lamp shows how he could create light and shade through the use of different line sizes. Notice the placement of Joseph in the foreground, his arms open and extended toward the shepherds as they press in to see the Christ child.
As you reflect on this image:
- How does this picture make you feel? What catches your attention?
- How does this image compare and contrast to the image in your mind about the first Christmas?
- What is the message God is wanting to communicate to you this Christmas?
Copied from “Meditation on the Birth of Jesus” by Mirian Dixon & Margaret Campbell published by Renovare