At our recent 24 hour, nonstop, day of prayer we made prayer loom.
A prayer loom gives us an opportunity to pray with our hands and creates a visual representation of our conversations with God. Weaving together prayers with others (in community) reminds us how our lives and longings are knit together in God.
Destiny itself is like a wonderful wide tapestry in which every thread is guided by an unspeakably tender hand, placed beside another thread, and held and carried by a hundred others – Rainer Maria Rilke
Choose a piece of ribbon, wool or yarn to represent a person, situation or thing you want to prayer for. Weave it slowly through the loom in prayer.
TO MAKE YOUR OWN LOOM – YOU WILL NEED:
- A wooden frame. Re-purpose an old picture frame. Buy an art canvas or make a basic frame using wooden batons or scraps of pallet wood.
- Small nails and a hammer
- Ball of yarn or twine
- A basket or mixed threads, wool and ribbon. All colours and textures and lengths
- A pair of scissors
To make your prayer loom…
- Hammer nails at 2cm intervals along the top and bottom of your frame
- Attach the yarn from top to bottom as tight as you can
- Stand your loom up next to a basket full of threads
- Print out this [PDF INSTRUCTION DOCUMENT] and place it next to the loom