Creative Prayers Lead Students Closer to God and Each Other

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Creative Prayers Lead Students Closer to God and Each Other

Creative Prayers Lead Students Closer to God and Each Other

My job is awesome. God has given me the opportunity to be with teenagers in an academic setting and to talk with them about their faith life. This is one of my senior classes of theology (I love this class). They are learning about Catholic Social Teachings; social justice, life and dignity, rights and responsibilities etc.

Each class period we open with a prayer. They have been given prayer assignments for the year. The prayer assignment includes deciding on a type of prayer, answering a few questions, describing the prayer, engaging the other students and bringing the theme of that week into the prayer. They know that I grade harshly if the prayer is boring and lifeless. So, this class has been great about being creative.

This week a very introspective student came up with an excellent idea. She gave each of us a balloon which we wrote a prayer intention on and we listened to a video about those who are oppressed. Then we went outside and she said a prayer and we released the balloons; allowing our intentions to float up to heaven.

I am so excited when my students are creative and show progress of their journey towards God. That is the reason I am in their lives to find a way that makes sense to them to get closer to God. When I see prayers like this I know we are on the right track. It must be relevant in their world or it will not stay in their minds.  I thank God that He constantly guides me to teach these students to think and pray outside the box.

Copyright 2013 Lori Hadorn-Disselkamp

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Lori Hadorn-Disselkamp is first and foremost a mother of four children under the age of 17. She has been married to the love of her life, Aaron, for over 19 years. Lori has been writing at her own website Faith Filled Mom for over 6 years. She writes about the journey of faith we live daily and how we can recognize God in this world. She has completed her 3rd year of teaching theology at a high school level and is also a current student of Loyola University Extension Program of Ministry earning a Master’s Degree in Religious Education. Her life is busy, exciting, overwhelming at times but always bursting with her faith in God. Lori hopes that you will find something that might touch your heart in her writing so that she can continue to pursue her purpose in life; to bring people closer to God one word, one moment at a time.

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