The Five Finger Prayer


HIS timing.
RELY on HIS promises.
WAIT for HIS answers.
HIS goodness.
HIS miracles.
HIS presence.


Thank you to the following for sharing the cross during the month of August:

Brenda – ND

Urban Refuge Church – Minneapolis, MN

Bay Area Vineyard – Silver Bay, MN

Hope Lutheran Church – Palm Desert, CA

Community Lutheran Church – Las Vegas, NV

Wendy – KY

St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish – Hastings, MN

Rock Valle Church – Wood Lake, MN

Phyllis – MN

Audrey – MN

Diane – AZ

Charles – SC

Owendale United Methodist Church – Owendale, MI

Cass County Faith in Action – Hackensack, MN

Lakes Area Interfaith Caregivers – Baxter, MN

Go North – Emily, MN



The Cross The World woodshop was graced with some very welcome visitors recently.  Diane and her husband, Gordon, summer vacationing in our area from the great state of Arizona, paid us a visit to see how we do things around here.  We enjoyed meeting and visiting with them, as well as helping them pack some crosses for them to hand out on their way home.

And, just a couple of days ago … a visitor from Thailand.  Trying her hand at assembling crosses, our new friend, Prou, enjoyed her time with us as much as we enjoyed having her here!!  Prou is an AFS student and will be staying 10 months in the Twin City area with her host family.  Thanks for helping us out, Prou, and welcome to the great state of Minnesota.  Bundle up … winter’s on its way!!!



I just received this Five Finger Prayer and wanted to share it.  Maybe you’ve already seen this prayer before; if you have, it doesn’t hurt to revisit it:

Your thumb is nearest you.  So, begin your prayers by praying for those closest to you. They are the easiest to remember.  To pray for our loved ones is, as CS Lewis once said, a ‘sweet duty’.

The next finger is the pointing finger.  Pray for those who teach, instruct and heal.  This includes teachers, doctors and pastors.  They need support and wisdom in pointing others in the right direction.  Keep them in your prayers.

The middle finger is the tallest and largest finger.  It reminds us of our leaders.  Pray for the President, the Prime Minister, leaders in business and industry, as well as administrators. These people shape our nation and guide public opinion.  They need God’s continued guidance.

The fourth finger is our ring finger.  Surprising to many is the fact that this is our weakest finger, as any piano teacher will testify.  It should remind us to pray for those who are weak, in trouble, or in pain.  They need your prayers day and night; you can’t pray enough for them.

And, lastly, comes our little finger … the smallest finger of all which is where we should place ourselves in relation to God and others.  As the Bible says, ‘The least shall be the greatest among you.’  Your pinkie should remind you to pray for yourself.  By the time you have prayed for the other four groups, your own needs will be put into proper perspective and you will be able to pray for yourself more effectively.

Every time we look at our hands and all the ways they serve us, we should remember this five finger prayer.  And, we should remember how many ways we are to serve the Lord … and we should pray.


Go out into the darkness and put your hand into the Hand of God.  That shall be to you better than light and safer than a known way.  – Minnie Louise Haskins

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