I enjoy listening to music as I design and create my jewelry. This past week I’ve been working on Catholic Rosaries and Anglican Prayer Beads. These designs are different than the rest of my pieces due to the fact that they are not an adornment, but something that has a very deep and spiritual purpose—aiding people in their prayers. I consider it an honor to be able to make something that may help a person spend time in prayer and I try to have a certain mindset as I make them. Music can help keep my focus on the spiritual side of things as I go through the process of designing and then creating each piece.
Several songs touched me in a special way as I listened to songs that were focused on God and prayer. The first was Your Hands by JJ Heller. I liked the fact that it reminds me that some prayers go unanswered, but even then I am still in God’s hands. This is a hard concept to understand and totally accept, but I continue to pray for the faith to believe those words.
Another song that hit me was Need You Now by Plumb. Often we don’t find ourselves on our knees in prayer unless we are in some state of need and this song puts those thoughts and feelings to music. As with the other song, this one also refers to unanswered prayer. I can’t even begin to understand or explain why God chooses to answer some prayers and not others, but I just try to do what the one line in this song, “I’m trying to hear that still, small voice.” Songs like this help to remind me of this.
I, personally use the Anglican Prayer Beads to aid me in my prayers, and even sometimes sleep with them. When I awake in the middle of the night they remind me to pray instead of worrying or allowing my thoughts to get carried away.
It is my hope that anyone who winds up with prayer beads that I make will find them a very helpful tool in their prayer life. A lot of work goes in to each set and I enjoy making them in a different way than the rest of my collection.
Here are a few of the prayer beads that came from my hands this past week. Hopefully they will wind up in the hands of someone who needs them.
Blue Sky Jasper in Antique Copper (click on picture to view details)
Classic Pearls (click on picture to view details)
Midnight Blue Pearls with Silver Cross (click on picture to view details)
Red Picture Jasper (click on picture to view details)