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How To Pray or Meditate Using the “Cancer” Bracelet

When I’m in a really bad place — the place where prayer is the only thing left to do — I often just don’t have any words. That’s when I find it helpful to reach for a book of prayers or meditations. When my daughter had melanoma and I had no words, I drew ferocious pictures in my art journal. Looking at them now, they looked like bugs attacking red and black blobs of ink. I don’t remember if I prayed or not, but if I did, it probably went something like this: "Please. Please. Please. Help. Help. Help.”

For the last couple of years, I’ve been associated with two nonprofits, Cancer Care Services in Fort Worth and Cancer Services Network in Abilene, that help cancer patients and their families. They both use a poem or prayer called “What Cancer Cannot Do”. If you regularly read this blog or buy jewelry from me at Lost Marbles Jewelry, you’ve seen these bracelets. I wish I’d had this prayer back when I was drawing in that journal. I made these bracelets to accompany the poem so it could be used as a prayer or meditation.

Here’s how I pray/meditate using these bracelets.

Put the bracelet on and place the prayer card in front of you. Begin by rubbing the two red beads between your fingers and reading the prayer whose first line is “Cancer is so limited...It cannot cripple LOVE.” Notice the word LOVE is printed in red. Red beads and red LOVE. Stay there as long as you want reflecting on those you love and those who love you.

Move to the topaz/pink beads and meditate on the fact that cancer cannot shatter HOPE.

Move to the golden beads and know that cancer cannot corrode FAITH.

Stay on each set of beads and each line of the poem for as long as you need to be able to focus on the thought and hold your loved one in your heart.

See how it works?

You may be so distressed and unfocused that you need to repeat the prayer several times in order to calm down, relax and be able to take a deep breath.

Don’t give up. Just keep rubbing the beads and reading the poem. Take as long as you need. It takes long as it takes.


The bracelets come in silver and gold and are available for purchase here. They are $12.95 + shipping. There’s a 20 percent discount on orders of 10 or more. Contact me for more information here - christi (at) lostmarblesjewelry (dot) com

A portion of each sale is donated to Cancer Care Services and Cancer Services Network to help provide financial, social and emotional support to cancer patients and their loved ones.


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