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The Episcopal Church in the City of Euclid

Dear Friends of the Risen Christ,

Many years ago, the child of a good friend was very ill. Another member of our church group bought a thumb ring because, she said, it was so annoying that she kept noticing it, and every time she did, it reminded her to pray for our friend’s little one.

During Lent, we prayed the Stations of the Cross. One member of the group pointed out how many crosses we see around us in our daily lives in a community such as ours. We wondered what it would be like if, for a day, we decided that every single time we saw a cross – on a building, a piece of jewelry, a flyer, wherever – we prayed words we had chosen ahead of time, the same ones each time, and let them brand themselves upon us.

In our Connecting Communities exploration, we have begun walking the neighborhood, seeking signs of God’s work among us. They don’t have to rub right up against us, like a thumb ring. They aren’t always overtly religious, like a cross. Sometimes, the breath of God is right under our noses, if we can only bring ourselves to pay attention.

Paying attention to God’s creation, to God’ presence, to God’s Spirit between us is a form of prayer in itself. It is a response to the loving activity of God in our lives and in our world.

I invite you as the Easter season continues to find your own way of paying attention to the magnificent and merciful, consistent and resurrected presence of God among us – and to share your prayers of concern, thanksgiving, and commitment so that we may pray with you.

Easter blessings!

Rosalind +