I know a lot of us may find ourselves a bit more anxious lately. I wanted to share a practice I’ve been trying that I learned at the Diocesan Ladies’ Retreat this year. I attended a workshop on prayer lead by Patty Bordwell and Mary Grace Kunefke.
For this meditative practice gather something like stones, beads, or any small item you can hold and a bowl or jar. I light a candle to remind myself that the Holy Spirit is present. Read 1 Peter 5:7 (ESV).
Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you, casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you.
Then enter into a meditative prayer space. As the Lord brings up a specific anxiety that you are struggling with pick up a stone and pray over that anxiety. As you surrender it to him place it in the jar. Continue as you process each anxiety individually. When you are finished make a list of things you are thankful for. I add a glass bead to my jar to represent each thing I am thankful for.
Finally read Psalm 33:20-22 (ESV)
Our soul waits for the Lord;
he is our help and our shield.
For our heart is glad in him,
because we trust in his holy name.
Let your steadfast love, O Lord, be upon us,
even as we hope in you.
Erin Kotlan attends Apostles Houston and attends South Texas College of Law.