Increasing the physical aspect of prayer by incorporating ideas from this Praying with Icons article is intriguing. Jim Forest encourages finding icons for use in prayer. As one who has evolved to praying with eyes open and head upraised at varying times since the late 70s, these sentences are particularly noteworthy:
“Because icons are physical objects, they serve as invitations to keep our eyes open when we pray.” ~ Jim Forest
“The icon exists to help connect you.” ~ Jim Forest
As an extension of this thinking, maybe the fact that some of us wear crosses during the day are an icon for us? Even if worn underneath the clothes, the sense of touch rather than the sense of sight can be a way to connect us. And maybe Pocket Prayer Shawls do the same?
ACTION: Consider finding an icon for some physical connection in prayer. Try some of the practices Jim Forest mentions in his article or come up with a few ideas of your own. If you have some “aha” moments, please COMMENT below – it’ll be fun to share some thoughts.
Enjoy the day, filled with the Spirit!
Lectionary Texts for this Sunday, February 25, 2018:
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