People think I have a lot of time on my hands because I am disabled and stuck at home. It would be nice if I had hours of leisure time that I could spend sitting in front of my altar, but that just isn't the reality of my life.
It takes me three or four times as long to do anything as my able-bodied friends because of mobility challenges and chronic pain issues. What I find myself doing is praying and contemplating during my household chores. The happy news about chores is that they do not occupy much mental space, leaving my mind free to practice the presence of God or recite favorite prayers like the Jesus prayer, the "Our Father" and the "Hail Mary."
The joy of my life is making baby blankets and baby hats to give away to poor mothers. I have to take frequent breaks while attending to my household chores because of my back and leg issues. At that time, I take up my crochet or my knitting and continue work on whatever project I have going at that time. Most of my fiber projects are fairly repetitious, so I can also pray while I crochet. I pray for the happy life of whatever baby is going to be cuddled in that blanket. I also pray for his whole family and especially that his parents stay together in a healthy, happy union.
I highly recommend finding a ministry you can do at home during those moments when you have to rest or when you are having a particularly difficult "pain day," like me, and you are relegated to the recliner chair for the day. If you would like to join me in my baby blanket ministry, please let me know at firstname.lastname@example.org and we can work on a project together. Winter is coming, and not only do the new babies need blankets, but homeless men and women needs hats and scarves for the frigid Albuquerque winters. Believe it or not, it gets down into the single digits here! Mittens and gloves are also much appreciated. I have not learned how to make those yet, but if you can do it, that would be wonderful.
Alternately, you could opt to donate some yarn to the ministry. I have a few discounted yarns on my birthday wish list, and Amazon.com has my mailing address. See the links to the right.
Most of all, though, I pray that, if you do not already have a ministry that lends itself to continuous prayer, then find something or learn something you can do that will make a difference in the lives of the poor. We don't have to do big things. Hey, it takes me a week to make a crib-size blanket, but it is a labor of love AND a holy relic, each stitch representing a prayer for the baby that uses it!
If you home bound and you already have a ministry, write me and tell me about it and we will post it as a comment. It will encourage other people and also perhaps give them ideas about something THEY could be doing to improve the lives of poor people.
In the meantime, pray for me as I pray for you.
God bless you.
Silver Rose Parnell