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Shane Whalen
This Prayer Circle is Dedicated to my son Shane Whalen Who Passed Away On March 15, 1999 at the Age of 24, & All Other Children


Start a prayer circle for bereaved parents who have lost a child.


There are many of us out there who have lost a child, and it is devastating. It changes the outlook on life, plunges you into a depression, and you think that the feelings and thoughts you have nobody else could possibly relate to. I think a prayer circle for bereaved parents would only benefit us and help us on our journey of grief. This Circle is one of Love, where a Grieving Parent can safely come to for Prayers, and to talk about their feelings.

 
Shaner -10/14/2000
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shaner
11/22/2003 21:54

Hi dear Deb, nice to see you posting, even if life is a little crazy for you right now, :-) I can see how wearing glasses poses a problem for you so hurray, you've switched to Contacts! Yes, ha, ha, it takes a little getting used to at first, inserting them, but you quickly learn how easy and simple it is, and they are a joy to use, rather than glasses. My hubby used to watch me putting mine in and say 'how can you do that!' but really, they are very easy to insert, wish I could still wear them, ((-: God bless you too Deb and your family, and thanks for sharing your beautiful prayer!!
Much love & Angel Hugs,
Sandy


shaner
11/22/2003 22:49

Hi Darla, we're so happy you found us too! Sorry to read that today was one of the more difficult ones, it's only been a month, sweetie, so try and take it one moment, one hour, one day at a time, it's easier to handle it this way when the pain hit's full force. One of the most difficult things we encounter, that add to our pain, are the 'support' or lack of that we experience from our loved ones, friends, etc. A dear friend and I were just discussing this a couple of weeks ago, and as she said, 'grieving can be a very lonely experience' - and it's very true. Those around us don't understand what we're going through, in all fairness to them, how could they, but it doesn't offer us much help when we need them the most. People just don't know what to say - they think when we bring our child's name up, that by changing the topic, they're helping us not to dwell on it, they remind us, like you, that we have other children to think of, they mean well, but sometimes we just want to scream at them. Every child we have is unique and loved, but when we lose one of them, they can't be replaced by someone else, not even our other children! And hearing people talk about our child, and say his/her name, is music to our ears, and soothing to our soul, we NEED to hear it, and we need to talk about it, without any interruptions. I think all of us who have lost a child agree that only those who have experienced this ultimate loss truly understand how we feel, and what we're going through. I agree, there is no way to prepare yourself to let go of one of your children, it's impossible. What a beautiful thought, knowing that Noah can now run, jump, play with others, all the things he couldn't experience in his earthly body, but can now in his spiritual one, and he has other family there to be with him, as well as all the new friends he now has, and yes, one day you WILL see him again, oh what a reunion that will be! God bless you too, dear Darla, and know that we're always here for each other,
Prayers, love & Angel Hugs,
Sandy


LOVE2U
11/22/2003 23:24

Dear Angel Mom, Darla, ~ A warm welcome to our circle of love, compassion, and understanding. I am so very sorry to read about the loss of your precious and beloved son, Noah. Please know we will storm heaven with prayer, asking our Lord & Savior to give you those precious moments of peace for which we pray!
God's peace & blessings,
Verna


LOVE2U
11/22/2003 23:48

Angel Mom:

May you find peace in knowing that your child is ... Safe in the Arms of our Lord and Savior!

The Dream
Today in a peaceful dream ...
God let me walk you to the door
I knew I'd see you here no more
And as we reached those heavenly gates
He let me peep inside ...

And as far as I could see
Old friends of yours and family
Rushed down that beautiful heavenly path
To welcome you inside.

With hugs & kisses they whisked you in
Saying thank You Jesus time and time again
And then I saw you kneel in silence
to say a special prayer

And in that prayer I heard you say
to those of us grieving here today ...
"You have no reason to be sad ...
You did what you could do

For that I thank you all, you said.
But, please, don't think of me as dead.
For in your hearts I will never die!
So, don't be sad ... And please don't cry!"

And then I saw you lift your head ...
And turn and smile that beautiful smile! ...
I could not say good bye ... So I said,
"I'LL see you in a little while!"
Written by: Verna R. Clay
{1996}


SELVAM
11/23/2003 09:37

Hi all my Angel sisters. Just to let you know that my brother and sister helped me yesterday, I had to come over my sister's last night, it was too much for me, we are going back today and Juny will help me with Solange's room, it is going to be a tough day, but I am sure that through your prayers God will give me the much needed strengh. Thank you all for your prayers and love. Love you all Selva


LOVE2U
11/23/2003 13:46

Dear Selva, ~ Please know that your sisters are storming heaven with prayer for you as you go through this painful task. I pray that Solange will be right there with you and Juny, and you will feel her presence.
Tender hugs from heaven ...
God's peace & blessings'
Verna


LOVE2U
11/23/2003 13:52

[Sharing a fwd page that touched me deeply!]

YOU'LL FIND JESUS THERE!

"Tomorrow morning," the surgeon began,
"I'll open up your heart..."
"You'll find Jesus there,"
the boy interrupted.

The surgeon looked up, annoyed.
"I'll cut your heart open," he continued,
"to see how much damage has been done..."

"But when you open up my heart,
you'll find Jesus in there."
The surgeon looked to the parents, who sat quietly.
"When I see how much damage has been done,
I'll sew your heart and chest back up
and I'll plan what to do next."

"But you'll find Jesus in my heart.
The Bible says He lives there.
The hymns all say He lives there.
You'll find Him in my heart."

The surgeon had had enough.
"I'll tell you what I'll find in your heart.
I'll find damaged muscle, low blood supply,
and weakened vessels.
And I'll find out if I can make you well."
"You'll find Jesus there too. He lives there."
The surgeon left.

The surgeon sat in his office,
recording his notes from the surgery,
"...damaged aorta, damaged pulmonary vein,
widespread muscle degeneration.
No hope for transplant, no hope for cure.
Therapy: painkillers and bedrest. Prognosis:,"
here he paused, "death within one year."



He stopped the recorder, but there was more to be said.

"Why?" he asked aloud."Why did You do this?
You've put him here; You've put him in this pain;
and You've cursed him to an early death. Why?"



The Lord answered and said,
"The boy, My lamb, was not meant for your flock for long,
for he is a part of My flock,
and will forever be. Here, in My flock,
he will feel no pain, and will be comforted
as you cannot imagine.
His parents will one day join him here,
and they will know peace,
and My flock will continue to grow."

The surgeon's tears were hot, but his anger was hotter.
"You created that boy, and You created that heart.
He'll be dead in months. Why?"



The Lord answered,
"The boy, My lamb, shall return to My flock,
for he has done his duty:
I did not put My lamb with your flock to lose him,
but to retrieve another lost lamb."

The surgeon wept.



The surgeon sat beside the boy's bed;
the boy's parents sat across from him.

The boy awoke and whispered,
"Did you cut open my heart?"



"Yes," said the surgeon.

"What did you find?" asked the boy.



"I found Jesus there,"
said the surgeon.



LOVE2U
11/23/2003 14:54

Thank you, my dear angel sisters: Sandy, Donna, Debby, Selva, Lisa, Cindy, Billie, Eva, Yvonne, ... And all the new angel moms who have been there for me during both the valley days and hilltop days. It helps to know that there are others who truly understand what it is like to lose a beloved child! It is my constant prayer that God will increase the number of peaceful moments, as you continue your grief journey at your own pace. What a blessing it is to know that we will never have to bear our cross alone! Special days are always difficult for those of us who have lost a child/children. As we approach the upcoming holidays, let us remember to pray for each other, and also for friends and family who simply don't understand that through no fault of our own, our lives have been changed forever. Let us pray that God will reveal to them that it's OK to mention our child's name. And, that it helps to talk about how we are feeling! Always remember what a special blessing we are to each other, to God and our beloved children, as we continue our painful journey. What a blessing it is to know that we can crawl upon God's lap anytime and anyplace, and he will rock us in His powerful and loving arms and comfort us. God knows the depth of the grief and pain that's in our hearts. And, He wants us to come to Him, and allow Him to comfort us! As time goes on, we learn to recognize and accept God's blessings, no matter how or in what form they show up. The revelations may come slowly ... But, they are always right on time! May God bless and keep you in His loving care, always!
LOVE2U


shaner
11/24/2003 15:41

Hi my dear sister, I'm so happy you accepted the help of those closest to you, it will help so much to make a very difficult task a little easier. Yes, the tears will still come, but that's alright!
Much love, prayers & Angel Hugs,
Sandy


shaner
11/24/2003 15:46

....and thank you too, our dear Miss V, for lifting all of us up in your prayers daily, what better gift is there than to pray for each other! I'm happy you posted your poem, no, not good-bye, never, just till later.... Love that forward too,
Lots of love & Angel Hugs,
Sandy


SELVAM
11/24/2003 21:20

Hi my dear sisters. I am tired and my back it is giving me a hard time, but I have to share this with you, It has been 15 months since my Solange graduated from Earth, I have been trying to be strong enough now that I have to move, Juny came yesterday and took most of Solange's things, she will share it with 4 of Solange's best friends, my brother and siters helped me with the rest of the house, friday the movers will come to take the things out of my home to a storage, I feel like s...., besides been tired and worn out emotionally I fel like I am ready to give up, really I don't have the strenght to go on, I am going back to my home tomorrow am, but please, why should I go on? I am so tired my sisters, and then I am getting rid of MY HOME, SOLANGE'S HOME, and she is not there. I know that you all understand, this is our praying circle, you will not judge me, and you all understand, I promise (so far) I will not commit suicide, but I am very , very tired, mu daughter was all I have to live for, she is an Angel. Love you my sisters, Selva


smile713
11/25/2003 10:58

Selva, as we all know, we don't know what god has in store for us, This probably is a good thing, you just don't know it yet. Sounds like your afraid to leave solange behind in your home. She won't be behind you know that, she's right there next to you, you feel her there , don't you ?
Sending prayers your way ! Chris


ROBBIERABBIT
11/25/2003 14:35

i tnank you so much for creating this sight.my son died last week,he was 24 also.if it wer'nt for my faith in the lord and my 15 yr old daughter i don't know that i could go on.i,as you would know have have never felt such pain in my life.it is a comfort knowing that our boys are in the arms of ultimate love and eternal happiness.may God be with you and yours.
sincerely,
Robbie's mom


SELVAM
11/25/2003 19:41

Hi Chirs Thanks for understanding, yes I feel like taking Solange's room apart it is saying Bye, but I know within my heart that she will be with me no matter where i WILL BE. i KNOW YOU KNOW WHAT i FEEL . Thank you for sharing it. Love Selva


SELVAM
11/25/2003 19:49

Ay Robbierabbit. Welcome to our Circle of Love. We all understand the pain that you are going through, please keep on posting here, you will find love, understanding, no judgment, and you can cry your hearth out, we are here for one and another, and with prayers from all of us, you will find Peace and remedy adn specially understanding, love you my sister. Selva


shaner
11/25/2003 23:05

Hello Robbie's Mom, I am SO thankful that you found this Circle! I can read your terrible pain right through your post, God love you, I am very sorry that you too lost your precious son, your Robbie. And only last week. There is no greater pain in this world, than the loss of one of our children. You must be in so much shock and disbelief right now, hoping it's all a bad dream and you'll awaken from it. I might be wrong, sweetie, but it sounds from your post that you lost your beloved Robbie suddenly, like I lost my
Shane. At first it's so hard to take in, you think how could a young person, so full of life, love, happiness, who gave us so much love and joy, suddenly no longer be there? You still keep expecting to pick up the phone, and it's them, or see the door open and hear them yelling 'Mom', you look out your window and wonder how the world can go on as usual, don't they realize that a special person is not here anymore? Don't they realize the world has changed? Trust me dear mother of Robbie, whatever you're feeling right now, I and all the other Angel Moms on these pages know of the terrible pain and emotions you're feeling right now, the biting, raw pain that is with you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. It throw's your whole world upside down on you, your life is forever changed. Please don't hold the tears in, let them out, never apologize for them, talk about your precious Robbie all you want, surround yourself with loving people who will support you, join a Support Group if you don't have much support, you need it, it's too lonely a Journey to travel alone. And you're at the very begining of your's. Only by letting our tears and feeling's out, do we slowly start the process of healing that awful, soulful pain in us. A big part of your heart went with Robbie, leaving a gaping wound, but the good news is that over time, that hole will heal and leave scar tissue. Remember too, that love NEVER dies, it's Eternal, the love you have for Robbie and his love for you is still there, and is a bond that can never be broken! I'm so happy to read that you have a strong faith, leaning heavily on Our Lord is what helped me get through, especially in the beginning, like you. I pray your daughter is doing alright, she too is in pain, losing her brother. What you need most right now is time, and people around for support. Please know that all of us here at this Circle of Love will be here for you, you post whenever you want, anytime you want, and you will only find support, understanding, prayers, love, (especially love) and NO judging, whatever you're feeling, this is a very safe haven to let your heart speak. We'll walk alongside you on your Journey, not behind, not in front, but alongside, so you never have to feel you're alone. May Our dear sweet Lord wrap you in His loving arms, and yes, it IS a comfort knowing that they are resting in His loving embrace.
Much love, prayers and Angel Hugs to you,
Sandy, (Mom of Shane)


shaner
11/25/2003 23:16

Hi Chris, it's so nice to see a post from you, our prayers and love are always with you, Mike, please let us know how he and you are doing,
Love & Angel Hugs,
Sandy


Leander72
11/26/2003 05:13

Dear Angel Moms, Selva, it will take time to renew your strength and it will come, when we had to move I felt the same way at the begining but time but you have been given good direction, yes it does create the pain I felt lost at first then it got better in time, give yourself that time and yes we understand and we know that you know Solange is with you but its the pain crying out, new beginnings are hard and you have pushed through a difficult time. We pray God will give you rest but go slow and rest when you can, I know that is hard with a move but try if you can and let the tears wash some of the pain away and yes we will keep praying so Hang in there Be gentle Love and soft Teddie Hugs Donna


Leander72
11/26/2003 05:25

Dear Darla, I'm glad you found this Haven, healing does come from the support here and I hope you will continue I lost my son Michael after fighting a rare cancer for 11 yrs and I felt lost something that helped me was the same as you he wouldn't know pain anymore and he would be whole as he never was on earth. We were fortunate to go to the Precious Moments Chapel and there was a murel of the children entering the gate and the gate said no more tears I cryed from Joy and Understanding but the tears still come but it helps to think of that picture. Having this Haven helped me so much to understand why family said what they did as Sandy said its not to be cruel they just don't get it and they don't know how to comfort or have the wisdom to help handle the dark days or valleys but here you will find what all the Angel Moms have said to be true, I hope you will come back often and find the comfort you need to just be. BearHugs Donna


Leander72
11/26/2003 05:39

Dear Angel Moms, Sandy Selva Verna Lisa Deb, I too want to say Thank You for all the support and Love and e-mails that melt my heart, this Thanksgiving I have an extra Blessing in my heart all of the Angel Moms some I have gotten to know well but each Angel Mom has had a profound effect on this journey. We are grateful just to be us this year no other family and we chose to go out for dinner, never did before but it helps no pretense or dealing with the empty space we can be us, yesterday I had an MRI on my foot it wasn't the test or what the outcome would be the first half hour I focused on the rhythm of the sound than the memories came of all the one's Mikey and the other children had gone through and still do and I thought and prayed God maybe they'll make a machine like this someday that will mend I came home and cryed and than I remembered the gate and the Blessings throught this year through all of you so I look forward to this Thanksgiving because of the Blessing of all of You. Much Love and BearHugs Lots of BearHugs Donna


SELVAM
11/26/2003 17:50

Hi Darla, welcome to this Circle of Love, please keep coming back, you will find lots of help, understanding and love, we all share this terrible pain that only us can understand, so keep on posting and you will find a lot of help> Hi my sisters Donna you know that we storm Heaven with prayers, I pray that the MRI will come out fine, you know what I sometimes think? God will be saying, wow, all these moms are really keeping me busy, I better do what they say otherwise I will be sooooo tired. And guess what, He knows we will not give up. Verna, Sandy, Deb, Lisa, Eva, thanks for your prayers, I am doing good with the move, better than I expected, Juny was with me today, I finally convinced her to go to my phsycho, she really needs help in coping with Solange going to Heaven, so she will go dec 11, but we are both sure that Solange is there with us giving us strenght. Tomorrow will be a hard day , my sister its going away to spend Thanksgiving, but I don't want to go so I will be by myself, my brother is working, but I will give Thanks to God to let me have my daughter (His Angel) for 20 years, and to guided me here to this Circle of Love where I found so much love and understanding, I thank God for all of you my dear sisters. Love you and have a blessed Thanksgiving. Love Selva and Solange


shaner
11/26/2003 23:54

~~~~~~~~~Hello to All!!~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

It's very late (for me) :-) but I also want to wish all our U.S. Angel Moms and dearest friends a very special and joyous Thanksgiving tomorrow. Our dear Verna sends her best also, she's not feeling up to par so has taken her meds. and gone to bed early, but she asked me to post that she will make it to the Circle when she has the time.

To our dear newly bereaved Moms, this day will be one of pain for you, some of you will be experiencing your first Holiday, your first Thanksgiving without your beloved child here. Spend the day in whatever way is most comfortable for YOU, you may wish the day away, you may feel better being around family, as I said, do what is right for you.

All of you are in my heart and in my prayers,
Lots of love & Angel Hugs,
Sandy


smile713
11/27/2003 11:35

Good Thanksgiving day, Mike is doing ok. we made it through a birthday- day, and this will be the first thanksgiving, but christmas and easter(their favorite)will be harder for him.He shares real good with me which i am thankful for so i know how he's feeling. She is here with us, I have felt her come to me two times real strong, Mike hasn't felt her yet, I think i've fiqured it out, by listening to you all. You can't LOOK for a sign it just comes when you least expect it. You have to relax alittle and just let it happen. The last thing your loved ones would want to do is scare you.
But it is a nice feeling, to know their with you. You'll be able to tell.
Stephanie will be here with us today !
As will your loved ones. Prayers to you all. Chris


SELVAM
11/27/2003 15:48

Hi Chris, you are a great human being, I am so glad that Mike has you next to him, yes he will feel Stephanie next to him it is just a matter of time. Holidays are very hard on us, we have nothing to celebrate, but we all have a lot to be thankful for, like I will be spending Thanksgiving alone this year, but I Thank God for all the years He let me celebrate with my Angel Solange, He gave me the gift of having an Angel for 20 years and I thank Him for that. You should feel very good about yourself, there are not too many people like you in this Earth. May God bless you and Mike and have a very Blessed Thanksgiving. Love Selva

 
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