When my husband Andy leads Praying in Black and White workshops with men, he takes a tool bucket with him. In it are black pens, plain paper, graph paper, protractors, triangles and rulers. These supplies are to help participants feel comfortable drawing their prayers even if they are nervous about doodling.
I’ve been doing this long enough that drawing abstract shapes is not threatening to me any more. But I thought, “What would happen if I tried praying with a ruler?” So one day when I just wanted to be quiet in prayer with no agenda, I used paper, black, pen, and a six-inch ruler. It was a sweet time with God.