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I have been writing the Praying in Color blog for over a dozen years. The entries include theological musings, memoir, reflections on life and Scripture, and hundreds of posts on ways to incorporate Praying in Color into your prayer and spiritual life. In the search bar you can type words like “Scripture, Advent, Lent, calendar templates, intercessory prayer, mourning, gratitude, forgiveness…” or other topics of interest to find related posts. I hope you enjoy exploring this site.

Advent, My Brother, and Advent Calendars

Advent, My Brother, and Advent Calendars

If Don had to die I’m glad it was in Advent When Grief and Hope Dance My brother died a week ago. Don was my big brother by six years. His death was a surprise but not a shock. He had escaped death on multiple occasions with heart issues. Every time a family member's...

Gratitude Gobblers 2020

Gratitude Gobblers 2020

Here are five turkey templates (some old, one new) for a pre- or post-dinner Thanksgiving activity for adults and kids. In the center of the turkey write your name for God: "Gracious God, Creator, Beloved One, or...." In the spaces within the turkey, in the shapes on...

Florida Advent Wreath

Florida Advent Wreath

Advent is a time of quiet contemplation and reflection but also a time of restless expectation and journey. My favorite practices, like Advent calendars and Advent wreaths, are ones that give me day-by-day opportunities for reflection but also activate my senses. They...

Advent Calendars–Doodling Ideas

Advent Calendars–Doodling Ideas

Just in case you are drawing- or doodle-phobic, here are some examples of ways to fill in your Advent calendar template. Below is the template/poster I designed for Forward Movement and #AdventWord. To read more about that partnership look at my November 9th Post. The...

Two Online Events: Lectio Divina and Advent Workshops

Two Online Events: Lectio Divina and Advent Workshops

1) Lectio Divina and Praying in Color with Ruah Space November 15, Sunday, 7pm Central Time  Join Phil & Erin Vestal of Ruah Space and Sybil MacBeth, the author of Praying in Color, for a special live event. As a community, we will explore the practice of praying...

#AdventWord and Another Advent Calendar Template

#AdventWord and Another Advent Calendar Template

"For the seventh year in a row, #AdventWord will gather prayers via a global, online advent calendar. Virginia Theological Seminary (VTS) in partnership with Forward Movement is offering 27 daily meditations and images during this holy season beginning Sunday,...

Advent Calendar Templates 2020

Advent Calendar Templates 2020

Advent is my favorite season of the Church year. For me, it is like a many-sided, many-faceted star. I tried to write a coherent paragraph or two about its many facets, but the words collided and fell in a boring, incoherent heap. So I decided to just brainstorm all...

Stones

Stones

The beaches of Puget Sound, off the coast of Seattle, offer beautiful and intriguing gifts when the tide comes in and makes its twice daily delivery. Piles of strange seaweed and sea monsters of giant kelp look like something from a sci-fi series. Dungeness crab...

July 4th Prayer for Us and the U.S.

July 4th Prayer for Us and the U.S.

 The 4th of July is not just a yearly extravaganza for fireworks and picnics---although it is that.  Every 4th of July offers new situations and challenges, new reasons for gratitude and celebration, and new opportunities for our nation's self-examination and...

Praying in Color Retreat July 10

Praying in Color Retreat July 10

Paraclete Press is sponsoring a series of one-day summer retreats online. I am excited that Praying in Color will be one of them. If you have not been to one of my workshops or retreats, I hope you will consider attending. Please invite your friends and Share this...