“You are so busy always.” A friend said that to me this week, and I realized that he is so right. Especially the last week and upcoming couple of weeks, I’ve had presentations to get ready for, meetings to attend, and so many commitments, that I’m having to squeeze in things like laundry at odd times.
I did discover a little island of peace in the midst of the busyness this weekend, and I’m seeking a way to make it possible more often.
The children’s library at my church has been transformed into a Lenten prayer garden. The minute you walk into the room, the air feels different, and there is truly a sense of calm and quiet that descends.
There are stations set up with various ways to enhance your prayer experience, but the one that spoke to me was the cross. The wall with all the crosses of different sizes, designs and colors took my breath away. Each cross was so special and yet the effect of them all together on the wall was so impactful, and simply invited prayer.
As I stood there in front of the crosses, I went through a range of emotions, from thankfulness to sorrow to remorse to calm. My prayers followed that same range of feelings, and I felt a sense a relief as I turned to leave. I was ready to face my next round of meetings with a renewed spirit.
I realized I need to create a virtual prayer garden that I can mentally visit in the midst of my week. I’m not sure how to do that yet, but I am exploring some ideas. Even just a reminder on my calendar each hour or two to pray might start me toward a new habit. I get caught up in a project or task, and the signal to take a break would do my spirit and my body good.
How do you create a prayer garden in the midst of your day?