Coloring as Prayer

God's Wonderful Word Coloring Page

We sometimes think of coloring as “child’s play,” and while children especially enjoy coloring, today we know that coloring is being enjoyed by people of all ages. They recognize that it can help to reduce stress, spark creativity, stimulate the brain, promote mindfulness, and just be fun! We can add to that list that people are discovering that coloring can be a form of prayer. Sometimes, when it comes to teaching others to pray, they can’t sit still, their minds wander, or they have difficulty finding words of their own. Coloring is a playfully active, visual, and meditative way to pray.

A good way to introduce young people to this form of prayer—and to spend time with them praying in this manner—is to use a wonderful book called God’s Wonderful Word, a transfer sticker and coloring book. The book has beautiful pages with words from Scripture to ponder while having fun expressing creativity by coloring and decorating the pages with transfer stickers.

To get a taste of the book, download a free coloring page, and enjoy some playful, creative prayer and reflection. This particular sample features Scripture verses related to the theme of creation and invites coloring of a beautiful nature scene.

FYI, August 2 is National Coloring Book Day, and September 14 is National Coloring Day. (Who knew?!) Coloring with God’s Wonderful Word will make for a wonderful way to “sanctify” these days!

About Joe Paprocki 2770 Articles
Joe Paprocki, DMin, is National Consultant for Faith Formation at Loyola Press, where, in addition to his traveling/speaking responsibilities, he works on the development team for faith formation curriculum resources including Finding God: Our Response to God’s Gifts and God’s Gift: Reconciliation and Eucharist. Joe has more than 35 years of experience in ministry and has presented keynotes, presentations, and workshops in more than 100 dioceses in North America. Joe is a frequent presenter at national conferences including the Los Angeles Religious Education Congress, the Mid-Atlantic Congress, and the National Conference for Catechetical Leadership. He is the author of numerous books, including the best seller The Catechist’s Toolbox, A Church on the Move, Under the Influence of Jesus, and Called to Be Catholic—a bilingual, foundational supplemental program that helps young people know their faith and grow in their relationship with God. Joe is also the series editor for the Effective Catechetical Leader and blogs about his experiences in faith formation at www.catechistsjourney.com.

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