Thumb Prayers

Portable prayer prompts—drop them in your pocket and rub with your thumb for a reminder of the Spirit’s presence in the world. Offered in support of housing justice.

ISAIAH 65:21 AND THEY SHALL BUILD HOUSES, AND INHABIT THEM.

WHAT ARE THUMB PRAYERS?

THUMB PRAYERS are handmade aids for your prayer life. Rub them with your thumb when you need a reminder of the Spirit’s presence in the world. Like me, they’re far from perfect. As I make them I pray for housing justice, as that is my prayer focus.

Image of some thumb prayer beads

WHERE DID THUMB PRAYERS COME FROM?

I began making THUMB PRAYERS when I was the Artist-in-Residence at St. Mary’s Episcopal Cathedral in Memphis for a church service where most of the congregants lived on the streets. I wanted to give folks something they could take home after the service to remind them of the experience.

WHAT AM I TO DO WITH A THUMB PRAYER?

Nestle the THUMB PRAYER in your pocket. Or keep it on your desk to relieve job stresses. Or tuck it in the console of the car for traffic jams. Or zip it in your purse to get you through a never-ending line. THUMB PRAYERS fit wherever you need to reach for a moment of a God in your day.
Image of a variety of Thumb Prayer Prompts

WHERE CAN I BUY THUMB PRAYERS?

THUMB PRAYERS are not for sale. I give them away to support housing justice. THUMB PRAYERS focus on housing justice because they began at a service for those living on the street, and also due to my history of writing with men and women who’ve experienced homelessness.

If you’d like to know more about using THUMB PRAYERS to support housing justice (at an event, as a give-away, etc), please CONTACT ME.

WHAT ELSE DO I NEED TO KNOW?


If THUMB PRAYERS go through the wash, they will dissolve!

Stay in Touch with Ellen's Very Southern Voice Newsletter

Follow Ellen Morris Prewitt

Subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

Join 1,335 other subscribers