An online resource from The Prayer Bench, adapted and used with permission
What's in your pocket?
I don't know about you, but I (Rev. Gail) keep my Spring/Summer clothes and Fall/Winter clothes in different places. As the seasons change, I switch them over so the ones that I need are hanging in my closet. As I switch them over - I always go through the clothes - some no longer fit (Urgh!!), some I decide I just didn't wear enough so I pass them onto Goodwill for others to enjoy, and all of them I check the pockets.
It's interesting what I might find.
Maybe it is the library card that I was sure I'd lost.
Or the pair of gloves that I was searching for.
If I'm lucky it might be a $5 bill.
Often it is a stone, or an acorn that I have picked up when on a walk.
Perhaps next year, it will be one of the many masks that I carry.
This has got me thinking - what treasures do we keep in our pockets?
Janice, from The Prayer Bench shares these insights about treasures in our pockets: “It was the custom of some Eastern spiritual guides to give their disciples a pilgrim stone to carry in their pocket. The disciples were told to rub the stone until it became smooth from constant wear, a sign of their intention to wear away the rough edges of their personality. To touch the stone in one’s pocket on occasions throughout the day was a reminder of the real work of that day, one’s inner transformation.” (Edward Hayes, Prayers of a Planetary Pilgrim)
Take some time to go through your pockets and write an inventory of what might be in them. Reflect on what each item might say about you.
Perhaps as you go on a walk, find a stone to pick up and carry in your pocket.
As a spiritual practice, I share with you this breath prayer from Janice, and invite you to repeat it several times:
Breathing in: “Where your treasure is”
Breathing out: “there your heart be also.” (Luke 12:34)
Peace, Rev. Gail
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