On-Paper Walks with God

Sep 4, 2012

Walking is one way I pray. It gives me the chance to move, to leave the busyness of my normal environment, to offer prayers to God, and to be silent. I like the alternation between talk and silence in the midst of my feet padding on the pavement or the road.

Jim Bickford’s prayers from my August 29, 2012 post reminded me of roads. They seem like a way to take a walk with God on paper. I also thought of artist Paul Klee who said “Drawing is taking a line for a walk.” The prayer drawings below are my on-paper walks with God and the people I’m praying for. Just as a reminder to me that the walk with God is always new and unpredictable, the lines never intersect.

Many hymns sing about walking with God. According to wiki.answers.com, the word “walk” appears 212 times in the King James version of the Bible. Here is a familiar passage from Psalm 116:8-9:
For you have delivered my soul from death, my eyes from tears, my feet from stumbling. I walk before the Lord in the land of the living.  (
(NRSV)