Good Day God,
It began with a simple command. Go get your biggest bell. Ring it every day at noon. And pray for World Peace. That was back in early February. And here I am in mid May still ringing my bell and praying for World Peace. Only it has expanded.
I do pray for World Peace — but I very soon began to add all sorts of other prayers. Praying for something that I have in the “not quite impossible” category — is extremely freeing. Sinus conditions,
Mom and her baby still “inside”, office packing up due to retirements, continued good health for all family members, and all of us (especially me) to get better at making adjustments.
This has introduced “structure” into my life. I have jokingly claimed the title of Queen of Random, but there is considerable truth in that claim. This gives me a welcome focal point in which to gather my prayer energy. Without this time (with its alarm going off to remind me) I was just being carried through my day on a steady flow of duties, details and detritus.
Another thing I really enjoy about this is Praying Out Loud. Ringing the bell sets the stage for SOUND. Need I confess that I am an extrovert who loves talking? So, it never even occurred to me that I could pray silently. I ring the bell and pray, ring it again and pray some more, and so on. I am fully in the realm of sound! Somehow my body loves reverberating with the bell and with the spoken words.
In fact, I enjoy this time so much — this welcomed break in my day — I decided to do it at 9:00 a.m. 12:00 noon, 3:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. Those are set with alarms — but I do find myself praying both at the beginning of my day and end. It is a lovely way to STOP and interrupt my daily activities and tasks and consciously connect with the Creator of ALL. It is a pause that refreshes.