[The prayer beads] captivated me. I sat for the longest time, fingering the beads, studying their shapes, marveling at the craftsmanship and the beauty of the design. As I did, I felt a great sense of awe deep within me to this small set of beads. … What touched me most was the thought that people used these beads to pray to God. As I held the beads, I realized that people all around the world were using similar beads to connect with the Divine.
—Kristen E. Vincent, A Bead and a Prayer: A Beginner’s Guide to Protestant Prayer Beads (Upper Room Books, 2013)
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Rejoice always. Pray continually. Give thanks in every situation because this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.
—1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 (CEB)
Prayer for the Week
The Lord bless you and keep you;
the Lord make his face to shine upon you,
and be gracious to you;
the Lord lift up his countenance upon you,
and give you peace. (Numbers 6:24-26, NRSV)
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(Courtesy of Vanderbilt Divinity Library)
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