My number one “being” goal is to have a consistent daily prayer practice. I combine my praying with knitting for two reasons: I like to knit and I find it meditative and calming, and it becomes a visual record of my progress.
If I set aside time every day to knit with God, my whole life is better. Everything seems to go better. Praying is connecting with the love that comes from God. That love is powerful and transformative. I find that my level of awareness is heightened. I notice things that I haven’t noticed before, things that help me in whatever I am attempting to do. For example, I may be looking for an idea for a sermon and after my prayer time, the perfect example occurs to me, or I read something that fits. It amazes me every time.
Keeping a daily prayer practice is challenging. There are countless reasons not to take the time. It only takes the tiniest thing to cause me to think that I don’t have time today, or I’m too tired, or I’ll just start again tomorrow and tomorrow never comes. I have written an entire chapter in my book Contemplative Knitting about how to get back on track and I have used all of the techniques outlined in the chapter.
Probably the best way to start a prayer practice is to start praying. We don’t need special clothing, a special place, or any equipment, we just need to say, God, I’m here.
One of my favorite way to start my Contemplative Prayer time is using the phrase from Psalm 46:10.
Say these words:
Be still and know that I am God
Be still and know that I am
Be still and know that I
Be still and know
Let the silence begin. Prayers for all of you!