Spiritual Practice


Mikaela Fox, 18

When I was in third grade, we read the book Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes, by Eleanor Coerr. It told the story of a girl who was diagnosed with leukemia, caused by radiation from the atomic bombing at Hiroshima. She started folding paper cranes, inspired by the Japanese legend that someone who folded 1,000 paper cranes would be cured by the gods.

I will answer their prayers before they finish praying.
Isaiah 65:24 (CEV)

My grandpa was sick at the time, at home in hospice care, dying of congestive heart failure. After reading the book, I was determined to make 1,000 paper cranes for my grandpa. When he died, I was nowhere close to 1,000 cranes; but I had tried. I realize now that making the cranes was my way of praying for my grandpa, just as it was Sadako’s way of praying for herself.


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REFLECT: Think of some of your hobbies and talents. Brainstorm ways to turn them into prayers—for yourself and for others.

—from devozine (May/June 2015). Copyright © 2015 by The Upper Room®. All rights reserved.

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