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Blessing Prayer Template

Blessing Prayer Template

Below is a template for creating a blessing prayer. See my post about blessing prayers from June 5. The "arms" on the template can hold the words of the blessing. If you run out of arms, you can use some of the other spaces for more words. Color and say the prayers to...

Blessing Prayers

Blessing Prayers

Blessing Prayers are one of my favorite ways to pray. In a blessing prayer we address directly the person we are praying for. A very old example of a blessing prayer is in the Book of Numbers 6:24-26: May the Lord bless you and keep you; May the Lord make his face to...

COVID Confessions 5–Intercession and Confession

COVID Confessions 5–Intercession and Confession

Intercession: Just about the last thing I see at night and the first thing I see in the morning is the wonderful little nightlight my friend Suzanne made for me. (See below). When we moved to Florida I brought it with me and plugged it into a socket into my...

The Feast of Pentecost–Today

The Feast of Pentecost–Today

Pentecost, one of my favorite celebrations in the Church year, is vibrant, sensory, exciting, colorful, unpredictable, wild.... Yesterday was an unanticipated Pentecost Preparation Day. I woke up with a little bird, as it were, pecking at my mind for me to get up and...

Prayer for Sheltering and Memorial Day

Prayer for Sheltering and Memorial Day

High on my gratitude list is the wonderful variety of people I have "met," either in person or online, because of Praying in Color. These are people I never would have known otherwise. We have met through my website, via email or social media, or at real...

COVID Confessions 4–Prayer and Webinar

COVID Confessions 4–Prayer and Webinar

Confession: I hope you all will join me on this Zoom webinar on Wednesday, May 20 (2 days from now) sponsored by Paraclete Press. Thoughtful and funny, Jana Riess, author of Flunking Sainthood and The Twible, will interview me about Praying in Color--where the idea...

COVID Confessions 3–Familiarity

COVID Confessions 3–Familiarity

Confession: When I first got married, my mother thought it was her duty to pass on some wisdom and admonitions from her own experience of marriage. Her favorite quote was: "Familiarity breeds contempt."  As a somewhat prim and proper Victorian lady, her examples were...

COVID Confessions 2

COVID Confessions 2

CONFESSIONS Things done and left undone, things said or not said, acts committed or not committed...in this unfamiliar world of staying at home OBSERVATIONS Things I've noticed and observed in this unfamiliar world of staying at home Confession: I'm suspicious of my...

COVID Confessions 1

COVID Confessions 1

Sheltering-at-home brings out my best character assets and my worst character defects. It also heightens my temptation to draw conclusions and impose meaning when confessing and observing might be more honest and real. In this post and several more are some of my...

Grieving and Mourning–A Praying in Color Lesson Plan

Grieving and Mourning–A Praying in Color Lesson Plan

Guest blogger Mary Ann Stafford is an artist, an educator, a musician, a writer, and a mother of eight children with 25 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren! At 87, she describes herself as an over-achiever. Her complete bio at the bottom of this post confirms...