Thumbs up, thumbs down

Prayer Spaces at Home and A Prayer for our friends

Once upon a time Jesus related to us a story about the seed of the weed and the wheat. The wheat and the weed grow up together in the same field. He told us this story in order that we understand what is the Kingdom of God. He compares the weed with persons who choose to do evil and the wheat with those who choose to do good deeds.

We feel good, we are in the company of our friends and other persons who are righteous and are of good help. On the other hand, we feel sad in the company of people and friends who make bad deeds which prevent us to grow up in reasonable persons; like for example when others irritate us in vain, disrespect or bully us.

Have you ever thought that like the seeds of the weed and the wheat, you can also be planting the good and the evil in your heart?

In this prayer space called ‘Thumbs Up – Thumbs Down,’ and one needs:
– two A4 charts,
– markers,
– pencil or pen.

Close your fingers to form Thumbs Down. Think of those times when you have spoken harsh words that hurt someone, or when you insulted, started an argument with someone, or bullied him/her. Take one of the charts, and on it draw the form of your thumb down hand. Then scissor it and write all that you thought of on the chart.

Now close your hand again, to form Thumbs Up. Think of those times when you encouraged someone with what you said, stopped someone from fighting and peace and harmony reigned. Take the other chart, draw the form of your thumbs up hand, scissor it, and write down all that you thought of on the chart.

Now, let us close our eyes and be quiet for a moment. Pray to God to help us grow up virtuously by being a good example.

Put or hang the Thumbs Up and Thumbs Down charts in a prominent place to remember to discard all that is bad and appreciate all the good and pleasant in your life for your own good and for the others around you.

A prayer for our friends

I Said a Prayer for You Today
And knew God must have heard
I felt the answer in my heart
Although He spoke no word.
I didn’t ask for wealth or fame.
I knew you wouldn’t mind,
I asked Him to send treasures
Of a far more lasting kind.
I asked that He’d be near you
At the start of each new day
To grant you health and blessings
And friends to share your way.
I asked for happiness for you
In all things great and small
But it was for His loving care
I prayed the most of all.

How to use this space

God speaks to us in many ways, including through prayer at home. Here you will find useful background and activities to better understand how to pray, helping you to connect with God in your daily life in a meaningful way.