As you can see, my blog is quite neglected these days, the victim of a book deadline. But the good news is that field testing on Chapter One of the book begins tomorrow, so I am making progress! I have a group of people at my church who are testing the material, along with a group of people from a church in Charlotte, NC. Field testing will be taking place throughout the month of June, then I’ll have the month of July to make revisions. That should put me in a good place to submit the manuscript by the first of August. Very exciting! I look forward to sharing more information about the book throughout the summer.
Meanwhile, I haven’t had time to write a new prayer bead devotion. However, given that it is Trinity Sunday I wanted to repost a devotion I did on the Trinity a while back. Trinity Sunday is a wonderful opportunity for us to consider how God is three persons, and what they reveal about God.
To inspire you, I offer this picture of Rublev’s Holy Trinity Icon, which provides a wonderful depiction of God in Three Persons.
Cross: In the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, Amen.
Invitatory Bead: Lord, be with me in this time of prayer. Open my heart and mind to the presence of your son, Jesus Christ. Guide my thoughts and words, and fill me with your Spirit.
1st Cruciform Bead: I pray to God the Father . . .
1st set of Week Beads: use each bead to praise God the Father (praise and thanks).
2nd Cruciform Bead: I pray to Jesus Christ, His only son, Our Lord . . .
2nd set of Week Beads: use each bead to ask Jesus Christ for forgiveness and help (confession and prayer concerns).
3rd Cruciform Bead: I pray to the Holy Spirit . . .
3rd set of Week Beads: use each bead to ask the Holy Spirit to work in and through you (i.e. praying to be a better disciple, to spend more time in prayer, to discern God’s will for you, etc.).
4th Cruciform Bead: I pray that I may better understand who God is and how the Trinity can serve as a model for my relationship with others . . .
4th set of Week Beads: use each bead to meditate on how the Trinity – God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit – can serve as a model for human relationships and for the church, celebrating the diversity of each member while coming together in perfect union.
Invitatory Bead: recite The Lord’s Prayer
Cross: In the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, Amen.