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—using paper clay and various types of buttons—I pray for housing justice, as that is my prayer focus. You can use them for whatever your prayer needs might be.
The name “THUMB PRAYERS” came about because they are intended to be rubbed with the thumb as a physical grounding in God’s love.
I began making THUMB PRAYERS when I was the Artist-in-Residence at St. Mary’s Episcopal Cathedral in Memphis. The THUMB PRAYERS were made 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, but what to give those who have no home? I chose small items you can drop in your pocket and rub with your thumb.
THUMB PRAYERS are making their way across the county in support of tiny houses initiatives. Does your area have a tiny houses village that could use THUMB PRAYERS? I will send TPs to you or send instructions if you have a ministry to make them yourself. Use the CONTACT form below, and we can talk!