Yesterday, a few of my students presented their creative prayers. I am so proud of them. They have really thought through some of these prayers. One took the time to hand craft pearls that had little tags for each person to write their unique talent on and put in a sea clam. He talked about how it takes a long time to become a pearl. Another person used a cool board, tiny clothes pins, and the idea of posting, like the students do on social media, our thanks to
God for the blessings in our lives. However, the one that touched my heart the most so far was not one that looked crafty, sparkly, or very prepared. She asked that everyone write a single word on a piece of paper. She then exchanged the papers and everyone created a prayer based on that word. She then said, it is not always easy to talk to God. It’s difficult to start the conversation. Using these different words is like having a conversation starter. What touched me was how honest she was when she said, “It’s not always easy to talk to God.” I guess because I have always had a close relationship with God I take for granted how easy it is to talk to God about anything. My student reminded me that we are all in different places on our personal journeys of faith. I, as a theology teacher, and a child of God, need to remember this. I don’t just teach my students, they teach me as well.