June 2016

 

It’s June and summer is on the way! Thank you for connecting with us each month. Feel free to share with your friends!

 


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Pray for Orlando

Our prayers are with the victims, families, friends, first responders, and communities affected by the mass shooting in Orlando this past Sunday. This event leaves us all in need of God’s healing

 

 


Beads of Healing: An Update

On June 1st I turned in the manuscript for my third book on prayer beads. Based on your feedback, the title will be Beads of Healing: Prayer, Trauma, and Spiritual Wholeness. The manuscript is currently being reviewed by therapists, spiritual directors, pastors, and other experts, as well as a team of proofreaders and editors. Just this week we finalized the cover design; it is gorgeous and I can’t wait for you to see it! The book is scheduled to be released January 2017. We’ll keep you posted!

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New in the Studio



Deeply Loved

 

As I’ve written many times, my favorite verse of Scripture is Daniel 10:19, which reminds us that we are deeply loved by God. Indeed, the phrase “deeply loved” has become a catch phrase for me; it’s a wonderful way to remind myself and others of the regard God holds for us. So it’s not surprising that I have a new “deeply loved” stamp for our prayer bead pouches! Available in eight great colors!

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New kit designs!

 

We have two new kit designs! Our prayer bead kit collection now includes Green Riverstone with Emerald Green Fire-Polished Glass, and Natural Riverstone with Dark Aqua Fire-Polished Glass. As always, these kits come with everything you need to make a full set of Protestant prayer beads (minus the two tools).

Our prayer bead kits are one of our best-selling items, so we wanted to expand our range of colors. In the future, we are planning to add premium kits that include higher-quality gemstones. We’ll keep you posted!

 

 


 Praying: Orlando Disaster


Daily Meditation

Prayer Bead Devotion

Like the rest of the world, I am devastated by the horrific events in Orlando, Florida early this morning. I am devastated by the loss of life. I am devastated by the violence. I am devastated by the hateful, targeted attack against a marginalized community of people. I am devastated.Cross: God of Mercy,

Invitatory Bead: more than ever we need to know

Resurrection Bead: the power and presence of your Son, Jesus Christ.

First Cruciform Bead: We are devastated by this tragedy in our midst.

Week Beads, 1st Set: Use each bead to lift up this tragedy to God; to consider the names, the faces, the lives of those who are impacted, both near and far.

Second Cruciform Bead: Hear our pain, Lord. Hear our grief, our anger, our disbelief, our fear, our loss.

Week Beads, 2nd Set: Use each bead to name your feelings and questions regarding this tragedy.

Third Cruciform Bead: We confess our brokenness; we acknowledge that we all have fallen short in living out your love and preventing such tragedies of violence.

Week Beads, 3rd Set: Use each bead to confess the brokenness in your own life and community – whether it is fear or inaction or judgement, identify the ways in which you have not answered God’s call to live out God’s love and peace to the world. 

Fourth Cruciform Bead: Have mercy on us, Lord. Help us to experience the comfort of your presence in this time of tragedy, and offer it to others who need it. Most importantly, help us to bring your Peace to a broken world.

Week Beads, 4th Set: Use each bead to pray for and experience God’s comfort, and to listen for the ways in which you are being called to offer God’s comfort and peace to the world.

Resurrection Bead: In the name of your Son, Jesus Christ,

Invitatory Bead: who grieves with us,

Cross: Amen

One-line Meditation

Repeat the following phrase with each bead, allowing the words to sink into your heart and open you to the sound of God’s voice.

Lord, have mercy.


Kristen’s Favorite Things


Podcast: On Being with Krista Tippett

In the midst of the Orlando tragedy I have, like many others, grieved the hatred and violence in our world. In light of that I wanted to offer something that feeds and nourishes our souls, encouraging compassion, beauty, mystery, and love.

One of my favorite things is Krista Tippett’s podcast series, On Being. Each episode features an interview with various people: musicians, neurosurgeons, storytellers, artists, theologians, etc. They offer insights that are enlightening: how our brains respond to acts of compassion; how we use stories to name and understand our losses; how listening to each other creates sacred space. In one of my favorite episodes, Krista interviews Brother David Steindl-Rast about the science and practice of gratitude. Every time I listen, I am inspired, hopeful, fulfilled.

In these days of darkness, I encourage you to find points of light. Whether it is in these podcasts, or in meals shared with neighbors, or conversations that may be difficult but holy, may you find God’s presence, and know God’s deep love for all in our world.

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