Getting Out to Pray
I prayed outside this morning. We’ve had crummy weather in Chicago lately, but today it’s sunny and warm. Wednesday is the day I go to synagogue to pray with a minyan. In Judaism there’s importance in a group of ten, it signifies community. With a minimum of ten people (minyan) there are certain prayers that can be added to the worship service that you wouldn’t recite if you prayed on your own. It was a nice surprise to find out today’s service would be held outdoors in our courtyard.
When I first started Prayables my intention was only to build an iphone app. I contracted with a company; , to develop a project plan for a prayer app that included the little icon that would represent our brand in the and on an iphone screen. I was very specific about what I wanted and what I didn’t want. Make it contemporary, bright colors, inclusive in look and feel. NO clasped hands, NO religious symbols, NO angels and NO light streaming from the heavens. Here’s what I got:
An image of a woman in a flowered-filled field of butterflies, arms outstretched to the heavens above, wearing a flowing dress over very large hips. Seriously, who prays like that? It’s interesting that a graphic designer would come up with that picture in mind and associate it with prayer. To me, it looks like a 70’s hippie on an acid trip.
And still, praying outdoors is special. No matter what the setting is; when you pray outdoors, the breeze touches your skin and the sunlight filters through your closed eyelids. Without a roof overhead, you experience an extraordinary closeness to God. Try it.
I am motivated.
Let's take this day together!
I am energized.
Thank You for this new day!
posted by Susan Diamond“Mothers hold their children’s hands for a short while, but their hearts forever.” ~Author Unknown My core values of honesty, respect for others, truthfulness, being charitable, being a good wife, loyal friend and teacher to my daughters are examples my mother taught me. What a wonderful forever ...
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