Looking for another way to pray?

Looking for a way to extend your prayer into the day? Do you want your prayer to continue even if you must attend to other matters? Are you looking for a way to let your light shine?

Bring the light of Christ into your heart and into cyberspace–light a candle.

I am pleased to make it possible to light a candle in cyberspace. I am delighted to present a link to Gratefulness.org whose purpose is “To provide resources for living in the gentle power of gratefulness, which restores courage, reconciles relationships, and heals our Earth; and to create a global network of people who practice the art of life as gift.”

Among its resources in cyberspace is a room full of candles lit from all over the world for a multitude of reasons. From the website:

In many different traditions lighting candles is a sacred action. It expresses more than words can express. It has to do with gratefulness. From time immemorial, people have lit candles in sacred places. Why should cyberspace not be sacred?

You may want to begin or end your day by the sacred ritual of lighting a candle on this website. Or you may want to light a birthday candle for a friend. One single guideline is all you need: Slow down and do it with full attention.

I invite you to join this time honored tradition. Follow the link provided here (click on the image, below), slow down as you arrive, and “with full attention” light your candle.

Let your light shine

Click on the image and you will be taken to the Gratefulness website. I will greet you as you arrive with words of blessing. Follow the directions there to light your candle. When asked if you want to enter group initials you may enter smec (St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church) if you choose, I do. All candles lit with the group initials smec will burn next to each other. You’ll be able to find this group again by clicking “Search” (top of the welcome page) and then entering the group initials smec in the “Group Search” box.

Thank you for lighting a candle. Thank you for your prayers of gratitude and intercession. Thank you for letting the light of Christ shine in our world.

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3 thoughts on “Looking for another way to pray?

  1. Hello Father Dan! Your emails always bring Light into my mail box. Thank you.

    This one – I must tell you. The gratefulness.org page is the inspiration of Brother David Steindl-Rast, an eighty five year old Benedictine monk who has spent his life doing multi faith outreach -working with Zen masters – and reaching out to people through talks, and now this beautiful web site

    I just had the joyous privilege of spending a week in a workshop at Hollyhock, (Cortes Island, British Columbia) led by Brother David and UK biologist Rupert Sheldrake. It was a conversation on the convergence of Nature, Science and Spirituality.
    An experience I will never forget.

    Everyone, if you have the opportunity to hear either of these men speak, take it!

    Ann GW on Vancouver Island

    • Ann — I can only imagine the energy on that island over the entire week! Wow. The gratefulness.org website, in all its parts, is amazing, filled with the wisdom and spirit of Brother David. Enjoy.

      • Hi is a very enlightenned man. Low key, he doesn’t throw it at you. His assistant (he needs an assitant because he is 85) is an amazing, very inspiring young man – 25 years old – who I (not right away) realized is Cesar Chavez’s grandson. Doing social justice work on his own.
        Anthony Chavez. He will be a significant leader for the younger generation in some way, I predict.

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