Tiny Try-It-Out: Praying in Color

Praying in color is an invitation to pray in an active and playful way. It is both a process and product. The process involves a re-entry into the childlike world of coloring and improvising. The product is a colorful design or drawing that is a visual reminder of the time spent in prayer.

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Pause, light a candle, & take 15 minutes for caring conversation and prayer.

Share: What were your high and low points today?
Read: Romans 8:26. “Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness, for we do not know how to pray as we ought, but that very Spirit intercedes with groanings too deep for words.”
Reflect: What could you do if you want to pray, but you don’t have words to say?
Pray: “Dear God, help us to discover playful and creative ways to pray for people we care about and draw close to You. Amen.”
Bless: Trace a cross on each other’s shoulder, hand, or head and say “[Name], you are a beloved child of God.”

For more conversation starters, try Daring Deep Discussions.
For more Bible texts, go to Suggested Scripture Readings.

Going Deeper

  • Use this Calendar to draw or color a square each day as you pray for someone or something.

  • This Squiggle Drawing provides a great place to start with a creative prayer: doodle in each section as you pray!

  • Try guided Centering Prayer at Shepherd of the Valley during Lent. Find class information and registration here.

  • Wondering who or what is in need of your prayers? Sign up to be a Prayer Shepherd for our community of faith!

For an introduction to Sybil MacBeth’s Praying in Color resources, watch this video and check out her website.

Follow along with this read-aloud of Journey to the Heart: Centering Prayer for Children, by Frank X. Jelenek. What is your secret, sacred word?

Sing along with Aretha Franklin’s cover of “I Say a Little Prayer for You” by Dionne Warwick. Who do you pray for today?

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