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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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10/6/2006 11:26

Thank you Jane (from your OLDER friend). :o)
That's what I always tell my sister because she's 2 yrs older than me. She's my OLDER sister. :o)
I don't really have any plans for today, just relaxing and cooking meals as usual. My husband is working the fields for sowing wheat, if we ever get any rain. We haven't had any since back around the first of Sept. (AGAIN). So if you're getting rain, send it back our way. Now that would be a good birthday present! :o)
Love, Charlene

10/6/2006 11:32

Dear Charlene and Kathy,
Thank you for your thoughtful insights. I spent a long time with God last night and realized just how angry I was with Him. Like I have a right too! I realized I was giving into fear. After I repented about my attitudes, and asked God to show me how to truly repent (which means turn the other way) I started to feel peaceful. Then I just sat with the Lord and asked Him to fill me with His peace. Jesus guaranteed us that we would have trouble here, but our trust in Him would bring us peace. At the end I just about fell asleep in my chair and thought I was outside and had to go in to bed. Then I opened my eyes and saw my bed next to my chair and was so happy because I was so mellow I didn't think I could climb stairs to get to bed. I fell asleep immediately and slept restfully. My conclusion in my questioning of the past few days is that I can't trust God to protect me or mine in the way I want Him to. I can trust Him to have my best interest in mind and to act in accordance with that. Like Spurgeon said a long time ago, and recently quoted in a song, "If you can't trust the hand of God, you can trust His heart." Yes, Kathy, the Amish community has truly taught us how to forgive and live Christlike lives. Thank you both for tackling the hard questions. Love, Jane

10/6/2006 11:34

I agree that God doesn't want us to accept everything without trying to understand, I think these are learning experiences from the beginning of time. We are supposed to come away from each experience with something that will better our lives and our relationship with God. A lot of people are probably thinking, Wow, look what is happening in the world, we need to unite and be better people, the only problem is we are human, we easily loose trust, love, compassion for our fellow man and overall care of each other. Therefore the learning must start again. Too much thinking for today!!! Have a wonderful day and don't make your bed :)

10/6/2006 11:39


10/6/2006 11:39

Dear Charlene,
I just read on Beliefnet yesterday that curiosity will conquer fear quicker than bravery, not an exact quote. Curiosity is asking the hard questions. I wish I could send you some rain. We had storms for about a week straight. In fact last Saturday in a half hour (I was on break) I experienced a hugh thunderstorm, with wind, hail and lightening, a rainbow and a beautiful sunset, all in 30 min! Love, Jane

10/6/2006 11:48

And he lifted up his eyes on his disciples, and said: "Blessed are you poor, for yours is the kingdom of God. Blessed are you that hunger now, for you shall be satisfied. Blessed are you that weep now, for you shall laugh. Blessed are you when men hate you, and when they exclude you and revile you, and cast out your name as evil, on account of the Son of man! Rejoice in that day, and leap for joy, for behold, your reward is great in heaven; for so their fathers did to the prophets. But woe to you that are rich, for you have received your consolation. Woe to you that are full now, for you shall hunger. Woe to you that laugh now, for you shall mourn and weep. Woe to you, when all men speak well of you, for so their fathers did to the false prophets."

10/6/2006 12:08

Dear Sandy,
Thank you for that very funny e-mail. I read it after midnight and laughed so loud I'm sure my roommate heard me downstairs! I love good humor. Keep sending them my way. Since I basically live alone (we rent rooms in a house) I don't have a chance on a daily basis to interact with people who bring joy into my life. So when my friends send me jokes it really is a comic relief! Love, Jane

10/6/2006 12:11

Dear Connie,
Keep sending those e-mails! The resume of Jesus was awesome. The Bible tests are great, was almost stumped on the priest question. I'm so glad you had divine intervention with you basement. I think we're going to be rainfree for the next couple of days. Enjoy the wonderful sunny day today. Love, Jane

10/6/2006 12:15

To All,
I figured a way to do spell check. I open Word when I come to this site. When I'm not sure how to spell a word, I copy it (highlight the word, right click, then copy) then paste it on Word. Then I get the right spelling. Then I either copy and paste it back here or just correct the spelling, whichever is easier.

10/6/2006 13:38

Dear Cheryl,
I pray that our loving Father comfort you during this time. It is amazing how our special dates make themselves known way before they are actually here. While I was reading your back post you reminded me of my Wes's Birthday. We wrote notes and attached them to balloons too. I am so sorry and my heart goes out to you. Nothing can ease our pain it seems. Coming here to post my thoughts and share helps me a great deal. Please come back and post. I promise it will help you heal. God bless you and your family Cheryl.

10/6/2006 18:33

Peaceful Birthday my dear sister Charlene and also a Happy one. My wish to you, is Peace and love. I pray that you are feeling much better and also your husband, and my special prayer is that your daughter will always remember that you are still Mom. Love and prayers. Selva

10/6/2006 18:37

My dear Cheryl, I am so glad to see you posting again, you know that we all understand and we are still here for you , I pray that you will find strenght to go through another anniversary, your dear Lisa is with all our Angel Kids, they are friends in Heaven, and they will have a Birthday Party for Lisa, that I know, just remember that they are all there waiting for us, but in the meantime they take care of one another. they know about our pain, but they also know that we will be with them and this time FOREVER. My love and prayers are with you. Selva

10/6/2006 18:43

My dear sister Connie. YOU HAVE MADE MY DAY!, what a wonderful story, even though I am sorry about the flooding, but I am so sure that Derrick was there for you, my dear sister, our Angel Kids are not dead like we humans think, they just went to another realm, their energy now is so fast that our human eyes are not (equiped) to see, but they see us, they understand our suffering but they are happy and very much alive in Heaven and we will meet with them again, I am so sure of that and you should be too. My prayers are with all of you my dear sister. Love Selva

10/6/2006 18:58

My dear Jane. I always read your posts and I always ask God to give me some of your faith, you are an example to me of Faith, to tell you the God honest true and my dear sisters here knows that I tell it like it is, I stopped asking God why, I feel so bad sometimes, because I still get angry at God, I tell Him that please don't tell me "because", there is no because for me, that it is why I stopped asking, no matter what anybody says, I will not accept it. I do admire your faith, I do have faith in Prayers and it works, but the whys, I can not accept it, you are a very helpful sister to me, I am trying to keep the faith, and everytime I read your posts and try again. To tell you all the God honest true, I am missing my Solange so very much, I will give everything possible to see her just one more time before I die, I just miss my daughter so very much, she is all I have, no other child, I pray and please all of you my dear sisters, pray with me, that I will soon go to where she is, that is all I want, my life ended with Solange's passing, and yes I know that she is alive in another realm, but I want to be with her, I have none else. Yes I will continue to pray for all of you my dear sisters, because prayers have kept me going on in this life. My love and prayers. Selva

10/6/2006 19:16

MY dear sister Kathy, I am always comfused about you and Jane, I think you both think the same, so my post to Jane it is to you also, I am the oldest (I think) in this wonderful Circle of Love, so could you all, please forgive my "senile moments" Love Selva

10/7/2006 00:28

Hello to all my dear angel sisters, and a very happy birthday to you, Charlene. I have not been online lately, so I just learned from reading the post on this page that it is your birthday. I sincerely hope you had a beautiful and peace filled day. Selva, as our angel sister Cindy would say ... "I think not!" :) If you check the numbers in my current email address, [my birth month, day, and year], you will see that your Miss V. is the senior angel sister in our circle of love. :) I can also prove it by the many, many senior moments I've I continue to have sometimes on an hourly basis! Ha-ha! Sometimes, I have so many irons in the fire, I stop and say out loud; "Now ... what was I doing?" Or, "What was I saying?" Ha-ha! My sister [Pearl], Felecia's mom, who also admits she has those senior moments too, told me I'd be OK, just as long as I don't start answering my own questions! Ha-ha! Jane, I love the humorous fwd emails too that our Sandy and other angel sisters send on a daily basis. Since I changed email addresses, I've lost my address book, and all of the fun/humorous sites but hope to transfer my old address book from AOL, and get with it again soon. :) I agree that a little humor helps on those down in the valley days. If y'all really wanna laugh out loud, try reading Time Flies, by Bill Cosby. It's a book that will make you laugh out loud many, many times as this comedian tells of his many, many senior moments. ;) ok y'all, I slept all day, so I am up trying to pick up a little in one of my guest rooms which looks as though a tornado has hit it. Ha-ha! Since I had my heart surgery, I am still not supposed to do a lot of cleaning and heavy lifting, etc. [I get shortness of breath every 5 or 10 minutes], so I do a little at a time, and thank God that I can, because there are people in this world [God help them], who can't even move, God love them. So, I remind myself often, to count my blessings, and above all, to pray heartfelt prayers for all; especially the helpless/less fortunate of our sisters and brothers.
Love, heartfelt prayers, & angel hugs,

10/7/2006 00:37

Sorry, Charlene,:( I didn't get finished typing and post above on your birthday! I forgot to keep checking the time! Time really does fly! :)

10/7/2006 00:43

My Dear Selva,
Thank you for your kind words. As you read I still struggle a lot trying to understand my world. One thing I have learned on my long journey (27 yrs) is to take time and just sit with God. I vent, question, tell Him exactly what I'm feeling, then listen. For many years, I just did all the talking. Now when I have a temper tantram before God, I allow Him to comfort me. I just think it's so awesome the Creator of the universe, the Great I AM understands me so thoroughly and ignores my insubordination, then lovingly reassures me He is still in control. When I'm in one of my moods, I start by raging and end by worshiping.

Now, for your prayer request. I for one will not pray that you are reunited with your Solange. Life as you knew it ended that day. However, there is a new life awaiting you. I am so sorry for what you're feeling tonight. Unfortunately, that is part of the journey we are on, and that not by our choice. I know you still can't imagine a fullfilled life without Solange. It will happen if you let it. Yes, there will always be that empty place in your heart, but along side it will be new joys. My prayer for you is that you will be able to hang in there until you start experiencing new life again. Your journey is especially hard because Solange is your only child. You're also very concerned about your sister. You're probably overworked and stressed out. I pray you will be able to take a day this weekend just to relax. Hang in there sister, I promise better days are coming. Love, Jane

10/7/2006 07:07

Thank you Selva for your birthday wishes. I have been wondering about you and was going to post to you today to see how you were. I did have a peaceful birthday; it was almost a numb-feeling day because I didn't do much. Selva, I ask God to send you a friend, a true friend that you can do things with and who will support you. A friend sent by God to show you the world, and sunsets, and books, and life. I love you dear sister and wish you peace and love today too!

10/7/2006 07:16

Verna, thank you too for your birthday wishes. I usually get so draggy (is that a word?) by 9 pm that I shut down my computer and go to bed by 9:30. Sometimes it's later and sometimes it's earlier, but that's my usual time. It's never too late to send birthday wishes; like I told Selva, it was just a ho-hum day. Now today I'm tired from resting so much yesterday. LOL! I'm glad you're regaining some strength; just remember not to over-do. I don't know which is worse: over-doing or under-doing. Ha! The over-doing makes us tired and worn out and the under-doing does the same thing by making us lazy. :o) Thank God you're able to still be here with us; God's not finished with your work here yet.
Love, Charlene

((Jane and Kathy, now we know who the TRUE older sisters are don't we??????? HaHa!))

10/7/2006 07:24

Jane and Kathy, talk about God-timing; I bought this book a few weeks ago but hadn't started reading it until yesterday afternoon. It's a fairly older book (copyright 1990, second printing--first printing 1977), but the name is WHERE IS GOD WHEN IT HURTS? by Philip Yancey. He's talking about the same things that we talked about yesterday: the why questions, etc. Two Scriptures are discussed, Luke 13 and John 9. I thought it was interesting that we were just discussing the 'whys' yesterday and here is a book about it too. There's too much tragedy and death in this world for us not to sit up and take notice to make sure we're 'ready' when our time comes. Anyway, I just wanted to share that with you all.
I'll be gone most of the day today so won't be checking in here very much.
I pray that you all have a very good day!
Love, Charlene

10/7/2006 08:55

Hello all my dear sisters, AngelMoms,
Glad you had a wonderful Birthday yesterday Charlene, thank you for the Card, it was sweet of you!
Oh, happy you like the jokes, fwd.'s that I send, :-) dear Jane, and thank's for the tip about Spellcheck, you tech wiz, ha, ha, it'll come in handy for me! Yes, Connie, thanks for the one's you send too, I'm still trying to knowck over those bleeping cats in that game, Hallowe'en Bowling!
Yes, my dear sister, you need some serious rest and relaxation, please take care of yourself!
Our dear Miss V, always nice to see you posting and a joy to read them.

This weekend is our Thanksgiving, we have it in October, Chris, Jialing and her Parents are coming up to help us devour the Turkey :-) but I know at some point during the day I'm going to have to put my 'mask' on, I DO have much to be thankful for, but I'm very conscious of that empty chair.....
Much love & Hugs to all,

10/7/2006 09:19

Sandy, my prayers are with you today, that God would lift you up and carry you through these days of Thanksgiving and make your heart full of thanks to Him for your abundant blessings. Thank You most of all Father God for my sister Sandy and her perseverance under trial; I ask today Father that You would grant her peace and joy so she could be a blessing to her family and to all who she will come in contact with in the next few days. Father, let this time of Thanksgiving also be a remembrance of Shane and the blessing that he was in their lives. If tears flow, let them be tears of remembrance and joy that he was a part of their lives and that by his death he taught them to love each other more dearly. Father, help us all to be thankful for each child that You have given us and all the beautiful memories that we have. Help us to not bury ourselves in the past but to reach out and embrace today and be thankful for each moment that You have given us this day. Especially be near to Sandy today and bless her. In Jesus' precious name I ask. Amen

10/7/2006 11:38

My friends have lost their 7 year old daughter (3yrs ago) to an underage teenage driver, mad at her parents and high as a kite. This girl ran her over and she was killed instantly (Thank God!) There has been no reprocussion for this girl or her family. I find that this is sickening and I don't know how my friends and their son go on. I imagine that they do it through staying busy. We don't talk as often anymore, I still have bouts of extreme sadness about our loss and anger towards the girl who killed Brooke. Please keep Brooke and her family in your prayers too. Thank you and God Bless You!

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