Abbey of the Arts Guest Post: Prayer Beads and the Mystery of God

As a longtime fan of Christine Valters Paintner and the Abbey of the Arts, I am honored to have a blog post featured in her Monk in the World Guest Post series:

Thayer’s beautiful gift

Last year my friend Thayer gifted me with a set of prayer beads. It could have been an ironic gift given that I make prayer beads for a living; it’s not as if I was in need of a set. Instead, the gift was deeply touching. Clearly, Thayer wanted to make a set of beads for me and was confident enough to give them to me. I loved that. The beads were gorgeous: shiny black Czech glass week beads paired with red and black cruciform beads, set off by red and metallic seed beads and a silver pewter cross. Thayer chose black, she explained, to represent the Mystery of God. (continue reading)

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