Research is fun. 🙂 I’ve been looking at the various religions that use prayer beads (and there are a lot!), how to’s and a phone call to my father for a question on Catholic doctrine. I do believe, however, that using the beads will be an assist in meditation. So, thus far, I’ve decided to spend a month with each tradition, starting in January with the Catholic rosary (links are in the links section). I will use the time after the Morning Prayer service (held at Holy Trinity each morning at 7:30) to use the prayer beads (I don’t actually have a rosary, but do have a lovely set of prayer beads that were gifted to me a few years ago).
It’s interesting to me that nearly everyone has downloadable versions of their services onto Kindle these days (I am most grateful!).
There’s a part of me looking forward to this year – it’s giving me a sense of peace and certitude. And a part of me dreading the concept that I have actually made myself responsible for doing what I’ve always professed to want, for an entire year. I’m looking forward to seeing what I think at the end of next year. 🙂 To help hold myself accountable, I’ve informed people about the Morning Prayer services, published it on the blog and it will be on the sign out front. The one day that I would skip doing something, would be the day someone would actually be there. I wouldn’t put it past God to arrange such a thing. 🙂
I think my lunchtime exercise for now will be digging out the greenhouse in preparation for spring. It’s got to be done, and the wasps are all dead for now, so I just have to get out there and do it. And how does digging out a greenhouse fit into the whole spiritual awareness concept? Genesis 1:29: “And God said, “Behold, I have given you every plant yielding seed that is on the face of all the earth, and every tree with seed in its fruit. You shall have them for food.” Once Adam and Eve were expelled from Eden, they they had to actually till the earth for their food, but still, all they needed was provided for them.
Should you follow this blog, please pray for my steadfastness throughout this year.