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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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10/20/2006 10:53

Dear Charlene,
Congratulations!! New babies are just wonderful aren't they, especially if they are Grandbabies! Thank you for your prayers and encouragement. I feel much better about it these last few days. I am sure everything will be fine. All of the have helped me place this in Gods hands. Enjoy your new Granddaughter! Love to you sister.

10/20/2006 10:55

I guess I should proof read before submitting!!!! All of the prayers have helped me put this in God's hands.

10/20/2006 11:01

Dear Deeper and Willie4,
I join Sandy in thanking you for posting your prayers for us. It is wonderful and you are very blessed! This road we are traveling is very bumpy but with your prayers and care it helps smooth it out a great deal. Thank you and God bless you both,

10/20/2006 11:03

I ran across this the other day. I hope you all don't mind if I post things like this. They make me feel good and I like to share!

By Roy Lessin,

Your life's like a landscape and God has the brush.
The work is in progress, He's not in a rush.
Each stroke has a purpose, nothing's by chance.
To see all His wisdom takes more than a glance.
Notice the sunbeams that shine on the dew --
Even the clouds can't keep them from view.
Look at the pathway that turns at the hill --
Its course will reveal what's next in His will.
The stream that's flowing with water so blue
Is bringing down blessings meant just for you.
The trees that are planted close to the stream
Will bring forth more fruit than you've ever seen.
The bird in the nest with mouth opened wide
Is just a reminder that God will provide.
Now look at the sheep in the meadow that's near
And notice the Shepherd that keeps them from fear.
He's brought them to pastures which give forth the best,
That cool and refresh, and keep them in rest.
The eagle above, that soars o'er the gale
Is God's way of saying, "My strength will not fail."
That part of the painting which now seems unclear
Will take on new meaning with each passing year.
So trust God to work in His own perfect way
And rejoice in the beauty He's painting today.
And I am sure that God, who began the good work within you, will continue His work until it is finally finished on that day when Christ Jesus comes back again. Philippians 1:6 NLT

Love you all,

10/20/2006 13:12

Dear Kathy,
Thank you for that beautiful poem. It's just another reminder that God is not finished with us yet. I posted on another site that there are times I wish I could see into a crystal ball and see the finished project. Unfortunately to do that I would have to see all the steps to get there, the good and bad. I guess I rather take one day at a time and trust God is the Master designer. I'm so glad you're more at peace. I pray the peace continues through the weekend. Please let us know what the doctor says on Tues, at least I think that's when you're going. You're still in my prayers for peace and a positive report. Love, Jane

10/20/2006 13:18

Dear Charlene,
Welcome back and congratulations! As you can see from other posts, we couldn't get in a lot over the last few days so you didn't miss much. OK, now we want some details! Baby's name, weight etc. I know grandmas love telling that! With all the sadness we face it's wonderful rejoicing in new life. Anyway it's great to see you back. Love, Jane

10/20/2006 13:26

Dear Selva,
How are you doing and how is your sister? Is she home yet? How specifically can we pray for you. We know how to pray for Nancy, but what do you need? I stil encourage you to take daily breaks. A valley day will come out of nowhere if you get run down either physically or emotionally. Know that we care and love you. Jane

10/20/2006 13:36

Dear Sandy,
Thank you for keeping us informed about Beliefnet. From what I gather, the majority of us in this circle are baby boomers and at the age where we don't like change. (Did I say that delicately enough?) So it's great having someone who knows what's going on to keep us informed. Thank you for all your hard work. KEEP THE E-MAILS COMING! Sometimes after work, they really make my day. One question for Beliefnet, on discussion and dialogue boards you can preview your message before submitting it. Why can't we do that in a prayer circle?

Thank you for your prayers for my stomach. I had two pretty good days, however the pain is back in full force today. However, yesterday I didn't take all the medication (4 pills a day) because I forgot to take them to work with me. Hopefully that's all that's going on. On Saturday night I'm going in for prayer at my church. I pray your weekend is restful. Love, Jane

10/20/2006 13:42

Dear Lee Ann,
Just wanted you to know that you're still in my prayers. I know that yesterday was Ryan's birthday, but I also know that the next few days are still hard. All that emotional release. I pray you may walk in God's comfort and peace. And yes, the holidays will still be hard. No matter how many years have passed, holidays are hard without our loved ones. We have a God who walks alongside us and fills the void in our heart during those especially hard times. Love, Jane

10/20/2006 13:45

I heard Tim Lahaye say on Nightline the other night that he believes when we get to heaven our physical age will be around 33. He based this on Paul's writing that says we will be like Jesus in his glorious body in heaven. Anyone have any thoughts about that? Jane

10/20/2006 13:56

I can only imagine the grief. I offer all my prayers for all the parents who have lost children. May God bless and keep you and your families forever.

10/20/2006 14:02

Dear patpruitt,
I posted to you earlier but I see that it didn't show up here; I hope it's not lost in space somewhere or in someone else's circle. I'll try to remember what all I said and repeat it here.
I'm so sorry for the loss of your son Jeff. I didn't understand something on your post: is this the third son you've lost? or is Jeff your third child and the only one you've lost? I'm sorry I didn't understand that from your post. You are still in the first stages of your grief, like Sandy says. The 2nd anniversary of my granddaughters passing is coming up and I'm still a mess some days. The first year was pretty much shock with some crying days. Then after the 1st anniversary I thought that I should be getting better and 'getting over it'. But it wasn't until I started posting here (I call this my circle of healing) in March of this year that I began to really grieve and cry and start to feel better. There are days when I cry most of the day whenever I see something or hear something that reminds me of the girls. That's just the way grief is; whatever you feel is right for you, as Sandy has said many times. This is not an easy journey that we're on, and we wouldn't choose to be on it; but here we are and I'm SO glad to have the ladies here in this prayer circle to converse with and to share with. Keep posting and air your feelings so they don't get all clogged up inside of you. I didn't allow myself to grieve for the 2 grandsons I lost in 1989 and just started grieving for them, too, when we lost the girls. That has made it doubly hard but much easier some days too because the burden of loss is getting lighter. Don't hesitate to air your feelings here; we don't judge, because I'm sure one or all of us has felt what you're feeling at one time or another. I'll definitely add you to my prayer list, as well as your grandchildren.

I'm in charge of our Special Days List here; it includes the mom's/grandmom's name, child/children names, child's birthdate(BD), and child's homegoing/heaven date(HD). The list is in date order so I remind everyone here of the next month's dates coming up so we can all pray for the mom on her special days. If you would like to be included on the list, post here and let me know; or you can email me at:

Love and prayers to you,
Grandma Charlene
Baby boy: 2-25-89 (adopted 3-89)
Michael: 3-27-89 (stillborn)
Casey Marie: 1-7-92 to 12-1-04 (car wreck)
Carey Grace: 3-18-94 to 12-1-04 (car wreck)

10/20/2006 14:07

Dear Jane,
I agree, I don't want to know what is coming, I'd rather find out when it comes, good and bad, just one day at a time. I want to enjoy every bit of each day. Although I have a broken heart, it is mending with the Love of our Father. You are right, I do have a peaceful feeling about this, it will be what it will be and I am ok with that. Prayers have an astounding effect. Thank you so much for your prayers and uplifting posts. I am praying for you and just for your well being altogether. Take care of yourself and have a restful weekend and don't forget your pills! Love to you,

10/20/2006 14:12

I have heard that whatever the time in life is (or was) that we were at our best, is what we will be like in Heaven.

10/20/2006 14:14

Dear Jane,
Oh no! Here we go with the "OLD" comments again. LOL!! That's okay, though; a laugh is good for us old folks once in a while--keeps us feeling younger, don't you know. :o)

Baby Elyse Faith was born at 2:34 a.m. on Oct. 18, 2006--6 lb.,12 oz.--19 3/4 inches long--has dark,dark hair--looks like two of her older brothers--is already nursing like a pro (it won't take her long to gain the weight)--and is very much loved by all her brothers (ages 15, 14, 8, 15 mo.) and her sister (age 3). (((Is that enough information for you, or do you want more?))) :o)
Thank you for asking; you made my day. HaHa.
The 15 yr old is so good with the two younger ones (feeding, baths, getting ready for bed) that all I had to do was supervise. It was still a lot more noise than I'm used to though, so it is nice to be back in my QUIET house today. :o)
Love, Charlene

10/20/2006 14:17

Yes, thank you for your devotions and posts. Even though we might not like what they say to us sometimes, we still need them. And as I've heard before, God is never too late or too early with what He is telling us or doing for us. Thank you!

10/20/2006 14:22

Dear willie4, deeper, and Tmarie64--
Thank you all so much for your prayers. ALL prayer is much needed and much appreciated when you are in a place where we all are here on this circle. Even though we go through different 'stages' at different times and repeat them as we go along, we can ALWAYS use encouragement. And your prayers have done that for me today. THANK YOU!

10/20/2006 14:32

Sandy, I'm having problems getting around the site but I think I do like it better. Three times I've not been able to get into a page so I've x'd out and signed back in later. I've lost one post but that's okay; I think I remembered most of what I wanted to say. As Jane says, it's hard at our ages to like change; but once I get it in my mind about how to do it, I think it will be better. I couldn't find a place to log on at first but then I realized that my screen was small and not full-size; as soon as I clicked to make my screen full-size, there it was "log in". Was that a senior moment or what? I'm not 'there' yet, but I still have them. :o)
Thank you for all you do for us and with us.
Love, Charlene

10/20/2006 15:06

Welcome back dear Charlene and big Congratulation's on becoming a Grandma again, with the birth of little Elyse Faith! That was so nice of you to go help out your daughter and son-in-law, plus you got to spend time with the other grandchildren! Imagine, having all that beautiful hair already, :-).
That's really nice that your 15 yr. old grandson helped out with the younger one's, not many boy's that age would do that! Congratulations as well to your daughter and son-in-law!
Much love & Hugs,

10/20/2006 15:12

Well hi TMarie! This is awfully nice of you to come and post prayers for us all, we truly appreciate them! I haven't seen you at the Boards lately, but you also could have experienced problem's posting. Anyway, this is very nice of you and we're very grateful! May God bless you in whatever it is He know's you need,
Love & Hugs,

10/20/2006 15:50

Dearest Jane,
I do believe you're right....the majority of us are baby boomers. Yes, ha, ha, you worded that very well, :-).
This change I don't mind - I really like the new Beliefnet and can't wait for Phase 2, when the Board's will be updated! We'll have all the bells and whistles, Edit, spellcheck, emoticons, signatures, I'm not sure yet whether the Circle will get that though. And OH, before i forget, thank you also Naomi, you know you rock too!
I'm happy you like the jokes, fwd.'s I send to you, if they put a smile on your face or make you think, it's all worth it, :-). I'd love to get some from you too!
Hm, that's a good question to enter into the feedback form that you can access from the Home Page, they want to hear all comments, pro and con, so I'd post it there Jane, you'll be certain then that it went to them.
Oh Jane, I'm so sorry to hear that, my continued prayers for your health and puh-leeze look after yourself, if you're going to a healing service that's wonderful and may the Holy Spirit descend upon you.
Much love & Hugs,

10/20/2006 16:03

Tim LaHaye is virulently anti-Catholic and bigoted. I cannot abide intolerant people. I can only pray that God open's his heart - so anything he has to say, I take with a big grain of salt.
(Stepping off my soap-box now, :-)
Lots of love & Hugs to you all,

10/20/2006 18:07

Dearest Sandy, I am so sorry it has taken me so long to find your prayer circle. I pray for all of you who have lost a child. To lose a child has got to be the hardest test of our faith and strength.

I keep you close to my heart, Sandy. You are the sweetest person I have met here at B'net. I am blessed to have gotten to know you and feel privileged to call you a fellow Catholic.


~~~Blessings~~~ To Everyone!!!


10/20/2006 18:53

Whew! I finally got it. I love the new look and even though I am a baby boomer, I dont mind changes. By me being computer literate, I can ride with the flow. First and foremost, I want to give thanks to my heavenly Father for allowing us all to see another day. I know Sandy already passed on my sorrow for the special dates that I missed. I am so sorry about that. Charlene I want to congratulate you on your new addition, what a Blessing it is. I also want to thank willie4, deeper, and Tmarie64 for their prayers,because the devil hates this.He cant stand people praying. I want to lay my hands on all of you that are going through sickness and illness, I pray that it leaves your body. This has been a busy week. I work for a school district and one of our board members, shot himself to death. He was also a cop. His service was today and the repast was at my job. We all pitched in and helped to make his family grief a little bearable. He was 48, left behind a wife, two grown children and a couple of grandchildren. This was a shock to us all. Cops from 17 different suburbs lead the funeral processional. It was a sight I have never seen before. This is just a small version on what's been going on. I want to go back and read all of the posts I missed but once you start typing and go back, you lose it all. Sandy is there a way to stop this? this happened to me a couple of months ago so I try reading first and then POST, but sometimes by the time I am through reading to POST,I forget what I read and who said what(at least this old foobie cant remember :0) So once again my angel moms, much prayers are with you all.

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