When 2021 dawned, I resolved to “pray daily.” The world was deep in the throes of COVID-19, and bad news seemed to surface in every news broadcast, front page and phone call. I needed a reminder that I wasn’t in charge. Praying daily was at the top of my list of ways to cope.
Of course, free-form prayer was an option. No conversation with God needs to be perfectly scripted. But I like having a little guidance, a few choice words, a starting point so I looked for prayers everywhere: Google, You Tube, the app store, social media, bookstores, my own library. I found some good ones, but many of the prayers out there are too short, too formal and, frankly, too depressing.
That’s when Bell Tower Prayer was conceived. I want to offer you a daily call to prayer that fills your heart with inspiration, gratitude and radiance.
When I first started blogging a dozen years ago, I said my posts were worth 2 cents a day. I think that’s a fair price for a daily jolt of prayer inspiration.
Bell Tower Prayer is inclusive. My religious background is Christianity, so if you’re Christian, you’ll like the prayers you find here. But I believe God goes by many names, so if you prayer to the Divine Mother, the Universe or something else, you’ll find a home here, too.
My home library includes books by Pope Francis and Max Lucado, but I also read the work of Buddhist Thich Nhat Hanh and my daily horoscope. Even Religions of Star Trek is on my reading list.
What People Say
Rejoice always, pray constantly, give thanks in all circumstances.1 Thessalonians 5:16-18a
Pray as you can, not as you can’t.John Chapman
We need to make room for the Spirit, so that He may counsel us. Making room is praying, praying that He always comes and helps us.Pope Francis