While I contemplated the state of our world this morning I received the inspiration to begin “stitching” my prayers each day. The metaphor is that each stitch becomes a prayerful gesture of the intention for God’s mending of whomever and whatever is torn, broken, and in need of God’s Love, Mercy, Grace, and Healing. Tomorrow morning I will begin this practice and I invite you to join me.
Here are a few suggested guidelines to help us get started but be sure to follow your intuition to create your personal, stitched, prayerful expressions. There is definitely no right or wrong way to stitch your prayers. No previous sewing experience is required.
Cut strips of linen 12-16″ long by 2″ wide. Focus on the person or situation you are praying for and using embroidery floss in colors of your choosing, simply stitch according to your inner guidance. Colors may be symbolically used. Contemplate how certain colors may apply to the nature of a specific prayer. Add beads, charms, or imagery. You may be inspired to stitch things found in nature onto your prayer strips.
The concept is to use the stitching process as a prayerful, intentional focus and meditation while you pray. You may wish to use one strip of cloth for your weekly prayers. At the end of the week, roll the strip and tie with a ribbon. Fill a basket with your prayer bundles.
You could also hang your prayer stitchery out of doors as prayer flags or begin to create a prayer banner…attach each completed strip to a cord and hang in your prayer space.
The possibilities for stitching your prayers are endless. It’s all about the intention to create beauty as a form of living prayer.
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