The fringe provided a tangible means of reaching across the chasm and reconnecting with a God [the Israelites] loved but could not see or understand. They could hold the fringe and be reminded of God’s blessing upon them. God met the Israelites in the midst of their tantrums, railings, anxiety, and bad behavior and offered them a way out. Using this prayer tool would remind the Israelites of who God is and who they were in relation to God—a people chosen and blessed by God.
—Kristen E. Vincent, A Bead and a Prayer: A Beginner’s Guide to Protestant Prayer Beads (Upper Room Books, 2013)
When have you held something tangible to remind you of your connection with God as you prayed? What was it? Join the conversation.
“You shall make tassels on the four corners of the cloak with which you cover yourself.”
—Deuteronomy 22:12 (NRSV)
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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