During these twelve days of Christmas I enter the Nativity story through each of its characters, including the animals.
Jesus, The impulse to reach out and touch You is natural. I see it expressed in the animals hooves resting on you in this image. I feel it in my heart.
After the people of Gennesaret recognized Jesus, they sent word throughout the region and brought all who were sick to him, and begged Jesus that they might touch even the fringe of his cloak; and all who touched it were healed. Matthew 13:35-36 (NRSV)
Invitation to Prayer:
As you breathe in, connect with your heart. As you breathe out, imagine reaching out to God, even touching God. Repeat this breath prayer ten times.
The Nativity in the south choir clerestory stained glass window depicting the Nativity and Flight to Egypt (1210-1225) at the Chartres Cathedral in France.