Hand Crosses As Prayer Tools

I make these hand held crosses with polymer clay and shape to fit the hand. They may be used as a tactile focusing tool for personal prayer and meditation.

Nancy Denmark's polymer clay hand crosses

Polymer Clay Hand Crosses For Prayer & Comfort

A local ministry recently ordered 50 hand crosses to be included in comfort kits for cancer patients. Working as a prayer is inevitable as I work on an order like this. Even though I was pushing an overdue deadline, while preparing for large shows at the same time, the power of the end use of these hand crosses, slowed me down to form each cross with an intention of prayer.

“There are some people who, in order to pray, use as an excuse the fact that life is so hectic that it prevents them from praying. This cannot be. Prayer does not demand that we interrupt our work, but that we continue working as if it were a prayer.”  – Mother Teresa

Dear Lord, help me to always fill my work with you, with focused intention, in continual dialog with you.

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This says it so well, “about that job”

As I worked yesterday and laid in bed this morning, I listened to the messages rolling around in my head as the next lead to what I might share here. In general I was gathering my thoughts together in a theme to convey how I grew from a “frozen chosen” Episcopalian to one who lives out my faith moment to moment in everyday life finding myself quite comfortable sharing and talking about it. Trust me, it did not come easy. It was a gradual progression. The “art part” of this art & faith story is that my art made it possible. My art made it comfortable for me. My art opens the door. Art is my job. Art is my ministry. Well…that post is yet to come…but it will come. In one of those serendipitous life moments I found this in my facebook feed this morning and thought…”same message” of sorts, so I will just share this link for today as I continue to formulate my own story. It speaks for me in so many ways on this theme of our job as our ministry in the world. It’s all about HOW we do the job that makes it ministry! More from me later on this theme. For today, read and ponder this: at the Episcopal Cafe.

Shine In My Heart

Shine In My Heart