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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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10/18/2006 15:28

Dear Kathy,
I am sorry to hear of the lump you found. Yes, I have heard that if it painful, it's usually a cyst. I just want to pray now for peace for you. Heavenly Father, we bring Kathy to you. Please fill her with Your peace as she awaits her doctor's appointment. Take all anxiety away and let her know that You are indeed in control of her body.
We pray that this lump is only a cyst and will dissolve by itself. We pray your protection over Kathy and her family. We know You love her and have plans for her future, and we claim that today. Help her to find rest in the shelter of your wings. Thank you that we know You are Sovereign and this doesn
't surprise you. Thank you that right now You are holding Kathy and her family in the palm of Your hand. Thank you that we can trust You with the outcome of her doctor's visit. In Jesus name, Amen. Kathy, know that you are loved and being prayed for. Love, Jane

10/18/2006 15:40

Dear Sandy,
Thank you for your concern and prayers. This is a reoccuring problem I have with my stomach. Last March I had a scope and found my stomach was extremely inflamed. I was given medication and after a month it settled down. I am due to see my doctor on the 31st of this month. I already started taking the medicine to see if it calms down again. I also have a pain on my left side by my ribs which is different than the usual pain. That's what's keeping me up at night. I don't know if it's related or if I strained a muscle at work. Sometimes I lift heavy boxes. I'm usually very careful to use my legs. Anyway if it gets worse I will call for an earlier appointment. Right now it is very difficult to eat as everything makes me nausea. Sometimes I think this is God's way of keeping my weight under control! But thank you for your concern. Love, Jane

10/18/2006 15:46

Dear Lee Ann,
I just want to pray for you today. Heavenly Father we bring Lee Ann to You. Tomorrow is a special day for her. A day filled with sorrow. I pray You comfort her as only You can. You are the God of all comfort. I pray You wrap Your arms around her and hold her and her family close to You as they reflect on the day. Let them know that You are indeed in control. Please give them a peace that passes all understanding. Let them feel in a very tangible way Your love and provision. In Jesus Name, Amen. Lee Ann please know that you are loved and are being uplifted daily. Love, Jane

10/18/2006 23:23

Dear Heavenly Father, I am here to ask and pray in the word of God, that you will help me in your strength to restore my fallen relationship with my ex-boyfriend. Please restore his feelings back for me and bring the realization into his heart that our break up was a mistake. I know all things are possible because my hope and faith in you Lord will always remain. Please in the name of Jesus, cleanse him from wrongdoing people, I forgive him and send him back to me. Please direct him back into my life so we can be together again. I hope his feelings of warm affection and romance will return for me stronger and deeper again. He doesn't want us to get back together again, but I hope in the power of God, that you will change his mind and show him that our relationship was real & fun and is worth staying. Please Lord, open his eyes to show him and send him the feelings back into his heart that our broken relationship is strong enough for the future. In the name of Jesus, Please rejuvenate the feelings he lost for me to be stronger than before. I trust and have faith in God to bring us back together. I rejoice in your name Holy Father of Heaven. Please make him realize in his heart that I give him meaningfulness, comfort, security, love, and spirituality in his life. Please cleanse him from any uncomfortable feelings towards me. I know the power of prayers is true so please work hard in having us back together. Please answer my prayer, for I will thank you, give you so much gratitude, and appreciation for the opportunity of us. Please understand my situation Lord that this is the guy I finally want to be with. Father God, I thank you that you are in my life and helping me through ever step of the way bringing me closer to my needs in life. I thank you for allowing me to live and experience this, so please donít let him stray from me and restore his heart of feelings for me again and bring us together as a couple again. I deeply pray that you won't let him walk away from me and us from being together again. In the power of God, and through the faith of Jesus, I ask for him to feel for me like he used to when he emailed me and we were away from each other, but please touch and send him the feelings back into his heart so that he will ask me back. Please help me by making him realize that I'm missing in his life again and that I am good for him and our relationship was always healthy, fun, and that it's something he wants again. I hope you will have give him strong persistent feelings of wanting me, needing to see me, missing me inside his heart, and have him ask me back again. Please show him that I can satisfy what he longs for. I thank you for the opportunity to listen to my prayer and I hope you wonít stop working hard until we are back into each otherís lives again. Thank you. Amen.

10/19/2006 01:00

Dear Faith,
I'm sorry for the pain you are going through with your boyfriend. I will pray that things will work out according to God's plan for you.

However, and I'm going to say this as gently as possible, you posted your prayer on a prayer circle for bereaved parents. Each of us here have a child in heaven. We are here to pray and support each other through this most difficult journey. There are other areas on Beliefnet where you can get support for what you're going through. It would be good for you to explore other sites where you will find people who are on the same journey you are on. I truly hope this doesn't offend you, but I feel other sites will be more helpful for you. Love, Jane

10/19/2006 01:09

Dear Sandy,
Thank you for the e-mails. I absolutely loved I don't do windows. Think I'll send that to my landlady! The one about Kenneth really touched a soft spot for me. My brother is both mentally and physically challenged. His mental age is between 12 and 16. Imagine being an adolescent all your life! His life isn't as simple as Kenneth's, but is it much simpler than mine. I know that God has a special place in His heart for the mentally challenged. My brother has a remarkable story of resilience. He has a faith in God, but it's that adolescence faith, you know constantly questioning.

By the way, today my stomach has felt much better. The prayers and pills are working. I was actually able to eat a meal without any pain. So thank you everyone for your prayers and please keep them up. Love, Jane

10/19/2006 06:29

I lost my son May 10, 2005 yet it seems it was on;y yesterday. They tell me with time it gets better but I am still waiting. It just seels to ge worse. Without having my Lord and Savior to lean on I don't think I could have made it this far. Every day I shed many tears for the loss of my son and as I always told him, my rock.I'm thankful for my other children and I pray that Go will protect them. Jeff was the 3rd son to leave us for his Heavenly Home. I miss him so very much. I pray for strengh]th that I will get through this. I desperately need your prayers. Jeff left 2 children, a son and a daughter.Pray for them also. Every day my tears climb to heaven and tell Jeff how much I miss him and love him. Please pray for me.

10/19/2006 07:12

Thank you all for your prayers. I can feel the Lord helping me get through his first birthday without my son. I sent the oldest grandson on a class trip yesterday and he will return on Friday afternoon. He was upset because he was not going to be by me on my sos's birthday. I have been thinking all night about how my grandson is going to handle today. I prayed that he is having so much fun that he doesn't realize what day it is. KATHY: I pray that you only have a cyst. I had a cyst on my ovary the size of a baseball. That was in 1996 and had to have it removed on Oct.30. Thank You all again for the prayers today. I will try to post later because I have to get the other grandson up and that is a job because he is not a morning person. He takes after his mother.
Bless you all
Love Lee Ann

10/19/2006 09:10

Dear Lord, Please help all the parents who have lost children. Help them thru their grief and understand why their children are with you. in you name I pray AMEN

10/19/2006 09:25

All who has lost a child is in my prayers, and I know that you are being prayed for continuously by the Father. I thank God for your strength to show others, they can actually live through tradegy/adversity. Love is power and there is truely loving people in the world. Thanks again, May some how the strenght and courage you give to others return in a miraculous gift.
God's love, and many other too!

10/19/2006 09:25

All who has lost a child is in my prayers, and I know that you are being prayed for continuously by the Father. I thank God for your strength to show others, they can actually live through tradegy/adversity. Love is power and there is truely loving people in the world. Thanks again, May some how the strenght and courage you give to others return in a miraculous gift.
God's love, and many other too!

10/19/2006 12:09

Dear sisters,

Thank you so much for your prayers, I feel a little better after reading your posts. I am sure everything will be fine. I am leaving it in Gods very capable hands. Thank you so much!

10/19/2006 12:16

Dear Lee Ann,
My prayers are with you today. These special days can be unbearable sometimes. I am so glad you can feel God helping you. He is also helping your Grandson of that you can be sure. Thank you so much for your prayers too! It means the world to me as I know it does to you. This is how we get through our hard times, with each other and God. God bless you and your Grandchildren today and always.

10/19/2006 12:19


The Blessings of Brokenness
He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful. (John 15:2)

To say, "The Blessings of Brokenness" seems to be contradictory. "Blessings" and "Brokenness" don't seem to go together. Rather, they seem to be the exact opposite. "Brokenness" means to be crushed, shattered, pruned, cut, or torn apart. Brokenness is often accompanied by emptiness because what was in us has been forced out of us. Ironically, our brokenness comes at a time when we least expect it because while we think we are already doing a good work, God wants us to do a greater work. Therefore, He takes us through a period of brokenness so He can deposit more in us through our cracks and gaps.

When we are broken, we are in the perfect position to experience God's greatest blessings. We should desire brokenness because blessings follow brokenness when we allow God to complete His work in us. However, if we try to stop or prolong the process, we are left broken without blessings. The space between brokenness and blessings is an awful position to be in. So, desire the completed phase of brokenness.

No one enjoys being broken, but that's the only way for growth to take place. Let's face brokenness with faith, and submit to God during this period and be open to what God is replacing in us after we have been broken and drained.

Let's ask God to reveal to us the lesson we are supposed to learn through our brokenness. And then let's be prepared to receive the blessings that He promised us through our broken and contrite spirit. (Psalm 51:17)

Are you broken? Expect blessings to follow!

10/19/2006 13:42

Our dear Lee Ann, today is a special day for you, your son's Birthday and your 1st without him here. The 'firsts' of everything associated with our child are very difficult to get through, I'm happy to read you feel our prayers working for you, but if you need to cry, you go right ahead!
You're surrounded by our love, support and prayers today, the Circle is around you. I pray you feel your son close to you today,
Much love & Hugs,

10/19/2006 13:43

Our dear Lee Ann, today is a special day for you, your son's Birthday and your 1st without him here. The 'firsts' of everything associated with our child are very difficult to get through, I'm happy to read you feel our prayers working for you, but if you need to cry, you go right ahead!
You're surrounded by our love, support and prayers today, the Circle is around you. I pray you feel your son close to you today,
Much love & Hugs,

10/19/2006 14:37

Hello dear patpruitt,
A warm welcome to this Circle of Love, you're among good company here, we've all lost a beloved child/grandchildren.
And we know and understand your pain intimately. It's only been a little over a year since you lost your son Jeff, you're still in that black hole and feeling that raw, biting pain probably still 24/7. It helps so much to let that pain out, let the tears flow and talk about it - you can safely do that here, this is a very safe haven for you and all, we'll always validate and honor your feelings, and you'll never be judged for them here - you'll only find love, support, understanding and prayers for you and your children. So I pray you continue to post.
"Father, you know how much pat is hurting and need's Your help,as well as her children, I humbly ask you Father to meet her need's and beyond, to bless her with Your mighty Graces as Your loving daughter, keeping herself open to Your Divine Love through the fog of her pain, I ask this Father, through Your Son, Our Lord and Saviour Jesus, who live's and reign's with You and the Holy Spirit, one God forever and ever, Amen."
Love, prayers & Hugs,

10/19/2006 15:57

Dear Lee Ann. My love and prayers are with you today, I know how painful those special days are for us. I am sure that Ryan is next to you, may you be able to feel his presence. All of our Angel kids are having a party for Ryan today, that I am so sure of, they all know each other and that is why we are all together in this Circle of Love. May God give you extra strenght to go through the day and the reassurance that Ryan is very much alive in Heaven. My prayers are with you my dear sister. Selva

10/19/2006 16:43

Dear PatPruitt,
I am so sorry for your loss of your Jeff. We all know what you are feeling unfortunatly. It does seem like yesterday. I lost my Son Wesley in Aug 2005. There is no pain like this that I know of. It is constant and on some days crippling. You are right though, we can get through it with God. He is the only light in the darkness we feel. There is no way I could have gotten this far without him and the wonderful ladies in this circle. The compassion, love and care that is given here fills your heart. The thought that you are not alone helps so much. You and your family are in my prayers. Lord, please be with Pat and her family at this time of grief. I know how much you love her and how you want to heal her hurting. We trust you Lord to show the way, and we pray we can trust enough to follow. Amen
God bless

10/19/2006 17:26

Dear JulieKristan,
Thank you so much for posting. I feel about the same way you do in that are lives are forever changed. We do have a "cloud" over us but the sun does still shine. And as time goes by I see more sunny days than cloudy. I try to be positive and inspirational. It helps me if I help others who are down. It is a natural response given to us by God. I am sorry about your brother. I know that for the rest of our lives we are changed, our families are changed but I also know that I have changed as a person. This tragedy has made me see things differently. I see people differently and I do thank God. Thank you again for your inspirational post.
God bless,

10/19/2006 22:33

I thank you all for your prayers. I made it through the day with very little tears. I went to Ryan's grave to see if the balloons were still there. I took my grandsons there on Monday so they could put a balloon there because the oldest was not going to be I hope I get through the holidays since I won't be in shock from all the things that happened all at once from Nov5 to Dec 26.May the Lord be with you all and help you through all that comes your way.In Jesus name we pray,Amen
Love Lee Ann

10/20/2006 08:11

Dear Deeper and willie4, thank you both so much for your thoughts and prayers for us, we can surely use them on our Journey of Grief. We always appreciate it so much when people who haven't lost a child to death come here and post for us, you're both special people!
May our Loving God bless you both in whatever it is He know's you both need,
Love & Hugs,

10/20/2006 08:25

Hi dearest AngelMoms and sisters

As you know, Beliefnet has made major changes to it's site - personally I love the new and improved Beliefnet, I think it's much easier to navigate now and a big thank you to Beliefnet (Martha, Cheryl, Steve) for putting the Circle on the front page!

I know many of us experienced problems yesterday trying to post,, or even log-in. I know that I could not get onto Beliefnet at all from the afternoon onward. It seem's to be working great this morning, but I realize there will still be 'bugs' they have to work out, so as frustrating as it may be, we have to have some patience, :-).

Connie was one Mom also who couldn't get here yesterday and sent me an e-mail asking me to convey her love and prayers to everyone, and you Lee Ann on your special day.

Much love to all & lots of {{Hugs}}

10/20/2006 09:52

Hello all!! What a surprise when I tried to get into the circle this morning! This is going to take me a while to get used to, starting from the beginning again here at beliefnet. I've missed you all! I've spent the past 2 days at my oldest daughter's house taking care of her 5 while she was in the hospital having her baby girl. She was born Wed. a.m. around 2:30 and both are home now and doing fine. Daddy (our daughter's husband) is taking off work to help now, so I am home and halfway rested this morning after sleeping in my own bed. :o)
LEE ANN, I'm sorry I wasn't able to post here for you yesterday. My prayers were for you to be able to go to the Father's throne with boldness to receive the grace and mercy that you needed. And I see that He answered all our prayers; you are now 'safely through another day'. Amen!
JANE, thank you for your reply to my questions. As long as you're at peace with your situation at work is what matters most. I pray that you get relief from your stomach pain; it sounds like the pills are already working. Know that you are in my prayers!
KATHY, I'm praying for peace for you, that you would KNOW that God is watching over you and cares about you even more than we do. I pray that the lump is only a cyst and that it can be taken care of easily. I had one of those many years ago that miraculously went away in a few days after I started taking antibiotic. Praise God! Our bodies are so complex! Know that I'm praying for you too.
I've got to read more of the posts from the past 2 days so I can post to them.
Love you all!!

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