Peace Out! D.C.’s Coolest Springtime ‘Prayer Corners’
The first I heard of a “prayer corner” was in a lifegroup, and I was immediately intrigued. “Yes, that sounds perfect…I’ll just find a quiet corner in my house and talk with God at the same time each day.” Done and done.
But as I started to survey potential prayer corners in my house, I realized it wasn’t going to be a simple find—one corner was stacked high with tot toys (how many fire trucks does one boy need?). Another option was my home office—but the sight of my weekly calendar proved far too agitating. There was of course my bedroom. But, lo and behold, my three year old had already claimed it as his second toy area.
It quickly became clear that this prayer corner search was going to have to hit the road. And it made total sense after reading this verse: “And it came to pass in those days, that he went out into a mountain to pray, and continued all night in prayer to God.” —Luke 6:12
Sometimes a change in scenery (aka perspective) is all your life needs to see positive change.
Granted, I wasn’t planning on staying out all night to pray (someone has to pick up the kiddo from preschool)…and mountains? Along H Street? Notsomuch. What I did find, tucked away in the nooks and crannies of the District, were perfectly precious places to pray, talk to God, or just read something that could spark a bit of bravery inside the soul.
Check out a few of my favorite D.C. prayer corners, and then share yours (in D.C., Maryland or Virginia!) in the comments section below. #BYmovement
Located inside the National Portrait Gallery, this glass-enclosed, naturally-lit courtyard feels massive and tranquil at the same time. Sounds are muffled, so you can fully concentrate on your own thoughts.
800 F St., NW
The Phillips Collection Hunter Courtyard
Coffee lovers can grab an espresso from Tryst then head out into this relaxing, artsy courtyard. Bonus: If you prefer to read your bible on a smartphone, this public space is outfitted with wifi.
1600 21st St., NW
Theodore Roosevelt Island
If you’re looking for a place that’s almost completely distraction-free, try Teddy Roosevelt Island. Built in the 1930s, the island was designed to mimic a real forest with trails woody uplands and swampy bottomlands. Word to the wise: bring bug spray!
Potomac River at Key Bridge
Ayren is a freelance writer and editor, living in Alexandria, Va. with her husband of 10 years and their three-year-old son. When she’s not keeping up with them, she loves to coffee shop hop, take spin classes, and collect perfume. Ayren attends Capital City Church in Kingstowne, where she serves in CapKids.