“Let me tell you why you are here. You’re here to be salt-seasoning that brings out the God-flavors of this earth…Here’s another way to put it: You’re here to be light, bringing out the God-colors in the world.”
–Matthew 5:13-14 (The Message)
I had the opportunity to attend our church Women’s Retreat at Pine Lake Camp this past weekend. The theme of the retreat was “Be Still and Know…Reviving a Heart for Prayer.” It was delightful to take time to be with others to think and learn together about prayer, as well as have times of fellowship, rest and worship.
We had conversation as a full group and in small groups about what prayer is for us; how we prayed as children; how prayer has changed for us through the years; how prayer changes us; and how prayer weaves with our relationship with God. We also learned and practiced many different ways to pray, such as praying with beads, journaling our prayers, using other tangible objects like stones and clay to pray; and praying in color.
Like we often did as children, coloring with crayons, markers and colored pencils has become popular for adults. I enjoyed using the color sheets provided that had designs or words to be colored. What I noticed as I used coloring as a form of prayer was that as the design or word was filled in with color, it popped off the page and became a prayer word I could repeat in my mind or a shape I could use as a point of meditation.
A life of prayer includes simply communicating with God in many different ways about our feelings and questions. When we fill our hearts, mind, soul and life with various forms of prayer, we are changed and we become light that brings out the “God-colors in the world.” I invite you to try different forms and styles of prayer and see how God’s presence and light can begin to bring out your God colors.