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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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LOVE2U
12/24/2002 22:57

[PART 2]
To all bereaved Moms ... Each of you have made some progress along your painful journey. Just continue to pray and take it one minute, one hour, one day at a time. Continue to pray for strength, even as you struggle with your pain and loss! Soon you will experience peace from within for longer periods. Just thank God for each moment of relief, and He will provide more and more moments of peace ... as we continue to pray for each other. As Sandy says, "There is power in prayer, and God hears them all!"
We, who are farther along on our grief journey, are so very, very proud of the progress our newly bereaved moms are making during these very early stages! The very early stages -- can last for years! But, you are making progress because you are casting your burdens on the Lord as He has directed you to do. Grieving is the means by which we learn to let go and let God! We could never survive the loss of our precious children without leaning heavily on Him! Remember the times when our children would fall down and hurt themselves, and come running to us to make it better ... To make the pain go away? That is the manner in which God wants us to come to Him during our deep valley days! God's love for us is said to be much greater than the love we have in our children... Try to imagine that! :)


LOVE2U
12/24/2002 22:58

[PART 3]
Just remember that when you feel like crying, it's always OK to do so! When you feel like screaming and being angry at God and the world, it is OK and it is a very, very normal thing for a newly bereaved Mom ... for any bereaved Mom ... to do! It really doesn't matter which of the stages of grieving you are in or how for you have come. We will never get beyond our grief, but with God's help, we will be able to endure!
You are not going crazy! And, you are not losing your mind! If you feel like talking about how you are feeling, we are here for you 24/7 ... Just sign on and let it out! If you are alone and need to talk to someone ... after you have posted at the circle ... E-mail one of us! We will answer, and pray for and with you! And always, always, remember to talk to God, or cry out to Him in prayer! He is always on call and you can make a 911 call to Him without even saying a word! He already knows your every need.
The Holy Spirit will pray on your behalf when you don't have the strength or the desire to do so! As Sandy loves to say, "God is awesome!" And as I love to say, "Isn't God wonderful!"
God has revealed to me that He has a definite calling on each of our lives. And, each of us have already begun fulfilling this awesome calling ... Each in our own way. I believe with all my heart that God is using each of us to reveal what the power of prayer can do. I also believe that He has great plans for us; both as a Prayer Circle of Love, and in our own individual lives. All will be done to reveal His awesome power and His wonderful love for all mankind. As the saying goes ... "We have only just begun ... The best is yet to come!" Praise God! :)


LOVE2U
12/24/2002 23:01

You see, my dear Selva, when the enemy tried to destroy us, by taking our children, (whom he knows that we love more than life itself), he dealt us (what he hoped would be) a fatal blow. That blow was meant to kill our faith in a loving God. Had it not been for our Lord and Savior, no doubt in my mind ... We would not be here today. At least, I know I wouldn't. :) God, did not stop the enemy from taking our children from us ... (their physical presence) And, that is so very, very hard for us to accept ... or try to understand. I will leave this world believing that my precious daughter ... Beverly Diane Clay ... had finished everything God sent her here to accomplish ... No matter how it seemed to me at the time of her departure! And, no matter how much we hated to see her go home to God before us. It was so very difficult for me to try to imagine living a life with purpose after losing my precious daughter! And, I can assure you that I felt as any newly bereaved Mom feels. That is ... It doesn't stop the pain much when we are told things like: In time ... And, God want put more on us than we can bear! Or ... God sees the whole picture ... We only see in part. True sayings, but no pain killers! :( We still hurt!!!! We always will to some degree ... But thank God, we eventually the pain does become easier to bear!


LOVE2U
12/24/2002 23:02

[PART 5]
For a time, while we are in the beginning stages of grieving our losses, we cannot help but ask "Why!" We cannot help being hurt, and angry with God! We may leave this world with questions unanswered. It doesn't matter that God has already warned us from the beginning who the real enemy is and what his purposes are in this life. That bit of knowledge, which is revealed in His Word, the bible, does not, cannot, stop the pain we feel in our hearts. So, we continue to ask "Why!" We must continue asking that question for as long as it takes ... To seek the answers to all of life's questions; Answers which God has already provided for us ... In His Holy Word.
Until the answers to all of life's questions become clear to us in our hearts, we must continue to seek wisdom, by going to God in prayer ... By listen to the Holy Spirit which lives inside of us, By beginning to recognize the real enemy for who he is and what his purpose is in our lives, By rebuking the evil one, in Jesus' name, And by praying for guidance, and counting our many blessings, as we continue on our grief journey.
I pray that God will continue to give each of us the collective as well as individual strength we need to go on in life ... As we continue to search for answers ... Not only to the question, "Why", But also to the questions: "What now, Lord? How can I find reasons to go on in spite of this awful pain I am feeling at this very moment?"
I pray that God will give each of us answers that will help heal our shattered hearts, and cause our inner spirit to become whole again!
May God continue to provide ... ~ Peace on Earth ~ As we celebrate our Lord and Savior's birthday!
In the name of the ~Father, ~Son, and ~Holy Spirit

Amen!


LOVE2U
12/24/2002 23:36

Happy Birthday dear Selva :) What a wonderful gift ... To be born on Christmas Day! Sharing a birth date that is the same as our Lord and Savior! :) I know it won't be the same without your beautiful Solange ... But what a blessing to know that she is with you in spirit, even though you can't see her. She is there, smiling down on you ... Wishing she could tell you how proud she is of you! All of us at the circle are very proud of you, too! Just keep the faith, Selva, and someday you will have all the answers!
I have been so busy cooking, I still have not gotten to open the gift pages that you sent. I saw it, but had to finish my post to you and submit it in parts. It was so long, it didn't go through, so I had to submit it in parts. :) I know I will enjoy reading them every day! Thank you , again! :)
My husband David and I are celebrating our 42nd wedding anniversary today! Yes, we were married on Christmas Eve! Our daughters, Diane and Cheryl always made it very special for us. Diane's last Christmas with us was in 1995. She was always the one to give out the gifts just as your Solange was.:) Now, they both are celebrating Christmas in heaven with our Lord and Savior. I know they are good friends! :) All of our children are looking out for us, Selva, and they will continue to do so until we see them running to meet us at heaven's door! Until then ... we will continue to lift each other up out of the valley as often as necessary! :)
Peace and blessings,
Verna


LOVE2U
12/25/2002 00:02

Hi Deb, ~ Thank you for letting us know about Barb's most recent loss. Lord knows, she has really been hit hard with the loss of so many loved ones so close together. You know I have been there, and I can tell you that she is going to need our prayers! We will storm heaven with prayer for dear Barb, God bless her. I will try to post to her sometime tonight or early morning, since I will be up cooking most of the night. Deb, God bless you for staying close to Barb. I saw all your posts to her when I visited Carol's site a few weeks ago. I will try to post to her more often. I've been so busy with my book project lately, I've really been having to work hard to keep up with doing individual post here. As you know, it is so very important to our newly bereaved moms. I will never forget all the support I received here during the early stages of grieving the loss of my precious Diane. I just gives me joy to try to reach out and encourage others now that I am farther along on my grief journey. Thank you also Deb, for all the contributions you make to our wonderful circle of love. You have made a lot of progress in your beginning stage of grieving for your beloved son, Michael. I know how difficult it still is for you. I know your student's help fill up your heart with love, but still, you need to give yourself all the time you feel you need to grieve for your dearly beloved son. God bless you, Deb, and I pray that God, the Father will continue giving you those precious moments of peace for which we all pray!
Much love,
Verna


LOVE2U
12/25/2002 02:21

Whoops! Selva, ~ I meant to say David and I are celebrating our 43rd wedding anniversary! :) Guess I was having one of my many "Senior Moments!" :) Which reminds me, I'd better get some rest!
Verna


deborahpoo
12/25/2002 03:50

Dear Hazel,
I'm so sorry for the loss of your daughter Lisa Marie. We moms here at this circle understand and know to well the pain your going through. I too lost my son Michael August 14,2000 from an horrible car accident where he was a back seat passenger and the moms here helped me and gave me great ideas of books to read and there is one that helped me the most it helped me know where my grief stage was and that it's ok and take your time the book is (A Time To Grieve by Carol Staudacher) I still read it day to day and it has helped me so much. There are also many other books out that have helped others but this one sticks with me. please know we here understand and care at this circle and will help the best we can. Thoughts and prayers to you and your family. Debby


deborahpoo
12/25/2002 04:01

Thank God for Christmas

Thank God for Christmas
And the carols we hear,
Thank God for all those,
We love and hold dear.

Thank God for the church bells
In the steeple that ring,
Thank God for Jesus,
Who was born a King.

Thank God for the angels
Who announced His birth,
Thank God for Christmas,
When love came to earth.


deborahpoo
12/25/2002 04:12

DEAR FATHER, HERE IT IS CHRISTMAS MORNING AND I PRAY FOR PEACE AND COMFORT FOR ALL THE MOMS HERE AT THIS CIRCLE I PRAY THAT THEY WILL HAVE STRENGHT FOR TODAY AND EVERYDAY THAT THEY ARE HAVEING A VALLEY DAY AND I PRAY THAT THEY WILL FIND COMFORT IN ALL THE MEMORIES THAT THEY HAVE OF THE CHILD/CHILDREN THEY HAVE LOST FOR THERE IS NO GREATER PAIN THEN THE LOSS OF A CHILD/CHILDREN. I ASK FOR YOUR GUIDENCE FOR US ALL, I ASK THIS IN YOUR NAME THE FATHER, AMEN.


deborahpoo
12/25/2002 04:13

DEAR HAZEL, PLEASE KNOW THAT MY THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS ARE WITH YOU FOR THE LOSS OF YOUR GRANDCHILD TOO. PRAYER FOR YOU. LOVE DEBBY


deborahpoo
12/25/2002 04:20

GOD, ON THIS MOST BLESSED DAY, I CANNOT CONTAIN THE LOVE IN MY HEART FOR ALL YOU HAVE GIVEN ME: MY SPOUSE, MY CHILD, MY FAMILY, AND MY FRIENDS. MY HEART OS BURSTING WITH JOY. TODAY I WILL CELEBRATE THE BIRTH OF YOUR SON AND NEWFOUND HAPPINESS IN MY SOUL. TODAY I WIL HONOR THE LOVE YOU GAVE TO THE WORLD AND THE LOVE I, IN TURN, GIVE TO MY OWN. TODAY I WILL REJOICE IN THE GIFTS YOU HAVE BESTOWED UPON THE EARTH AND THE GIFTS YOU HAVE GIVEN ME. THANK YOU, GOD, FOR YOUR LOVE, FOR YOUR LIGHT, FOR YOUR SON, FOR THIS DAY OF GLORIOUS GOOD TIDINGS. AMEN.


deborahpoo
12/25/2002 04:22

DEAR MOMS HERE AT THIS CIRCLE, I WOULD LIKE TO WISH YOU ALL A SAFE AND HAPPY HOLIDAY AND A NEW YEAR !! GOD BLESS YOU ALL AND MY THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS ARE WITH YOU ALL . LOVE DEBBY


shaner
12/25/2002 08:30

Good Morning Dearest Moms, while the rest of my family is still sleeping, I wanted to come here and post for all today. Thank you Verna for your wonderful posts again, they will surely be a help to all, whether newly bereaved or further along on our Journey's. Selva, Happy Birthday to you, I know it's a very difficult day for you, and this year Christmas is not the same, and my heart goes out to you and other newly bereaved moms, it's so very tough! But as Verna said, what a wonderful day Selva, to have a birthday on, Our Saviour's, may you feel a rebirth with Him, who loves you so much. I read your post, and you have a wonderful tradition, but I know that this year it just won't be there for you, but you will experience some joy working today at the Mission, God love you. Thank you also for the Daily Gift, it means a great deal to me, you're a very warm, loving person, and I know that Solange had a very good 'teacher' in her much loved mom. I think and believe that all our children in Heaven are all together today, rejoicing in Heaven, and helping us with this day.
Deb, another beautiful poem from you, I loved it, and I wish you and all the other amazing moms a very peaceful Christmas with comfort from the Angels to help all of us through. I love you all, and I feel very blessed that this Circle has grown into a Circle of Love, as I'm sure you all have too. We love each other, we support each other, and we pray for each other. Our Lord has truly blessed this Circle! All of you are in my thoughts and prayers, and most importantly in my heart today, and all the days. A very Blessed, Holy Christmas to you all, and thank you for making this Circle what it is. Much love and prayers to you all,
Luv Sandy


SELVAM
12/25/2002 11:42

Hi all you beautiful Angel Moms. Thank you so much for your prayers and advices. I thank God today for leading me to this Circle of love so I can meet such wonderful Angels. I know my daughter is having a beautiful Christmas, celebrating Jesus Birthday with HIM and all our Angels, must be a beautiful site. I'm in a lot of pain, I also Thank God for my sister she is also a beautiful Angel, she's been here with me 24/7, not celebrating the Holidays, just keeping me company. I will be going to the Mission in a little while. In the meantime I will be praying for all of us and for our children. Thank you again for your beautiful words. It really makes a difference. I will be back tonigh and tell you how did it go in the Mission. My love to all of you and May God Bless You All. Selva


shaner
12/25/2002 11:43

Dearest Verna, I forgot in my post to wish you and David a very Happy Anniversary, with many more to come! May God bless the both of you,
Luv Sandy


shaner
12/25/2002 11:48

Hello Selva, we were on at the same time posting, :) I'm so happy for you that you have the support and love of your sister today, yes, she is an Angel too, you and she are blessed to have each other! I hope your day at the Mission goes well for you and helps to give you some comfort and peace as you minister to those less fortunate. Our Lord will bless you tenfold for what you are doing, on this day of all days. Yes, please let us know how your day went, in the meantime know that our love and prayers are with you.
Luv Sandy


Elparro
12/25/2002 11:51

Dear Heavenly Father, I thank you for the beautiful souls of these angel moms you have lead me to. I thank you for another day to be with my family and friends. Heavenly Father, I lift a special prayer to the many heavy hearts of those who have lost a loved one. Lord , I pray Lord that you will continue to work in the hearts of those who always seem to have the words to say , the hugs they share, the love they show. I thank you Lord for making a way for us to be one day with our loved ones. A very Happy Birthday for you my sweet friend Selva! I pray that God will lift you to your most highest moment to show others around you that God is awesome and a loving God to sustain you in these most difficult times. I love you all..... IN His Care I Press On...... Eva


deborahpoo
12/25/2002 19:00

dear shaner,
thank you for all you have done for me. i love all of you for all the help and support you have given me. and wish the best for all. today was ok at times. but hard because my son christopher looks so much like his brother michael and my sister - n- law all of sudden last year started calling her son michael instead of mikey so it was a little hard hearing her say his name but besides that i made it through this holiday ok. i thought of my michael and i know he was watching over me so i wouldn't cry in front of everyone and pulled me up. i pray that all of you other moms had a great day and things worked out for you. selva i want to wish you a happy birthday and try to be positive and think happy thoughts of your daughter and know you are not alone. for it was hard for me too for my birthday was the 1st of this month and michael and his brother always made my birthday special with dads help. thank goodness your family is right there for you..... mine where such help when my world was turned upside down from the loss of my son. we all have beautiful dreams for the future and beautiful memories of the pass to cherish. god bless you all and my thoughts and prayers to you all.
love Debby


SELVAM
12/25/2002 19:31

Hi all you Angel moms. I'm back from the Mission, it was a wonderful experience, I thank God for giving me the chance to go there today. I served a lot of meals to such needed, I wished them a Merry Christmas and they smiled back and thank me, I worked so hard so they will feel important. It is so sad to see so many people in need. I also met a wonderful family of 5, who also went as volunteer so help people, they come from Cleveland and now are living in Miami, what a sweet people. Their daughter married a cuban guy he was walso there, while we were waiting for instruction of what to do there were questioning why I was there alone, I really did not want to say about my sorrow, but the conversation lead to my daughter Solange, I was doing it for Jesus to give her more peace and love, they were so wonderful, we shared telephone numbers and all. They were there because they really believe to help others, it make my happy to see there are still wonderfuld people in this world. Well I'm back at my sister's house now and I will pray for all our childrens and all of you wonderful Angel moms. I love you. Selva


SELVAM
12/25/2002 19:34

I also want to say THANK YOU to you all, you have been such a wonderful help to me. GOD BLESS YOU ALL.Love Selva


shaner
12/25/2002 21:19

Hello Eva, it's so nice to see you posting again. What a beautiful prayer you have composed for all, I know it will be answered in God's perfect time!
I hope your day went alright for you, and it wasn't too painful. You're an Angel here at the Circle too Eva, we all care about you and you're in our hearts and in our prayers. I'm happy that Our Lord lead you to this Circle too! I never dreamed when I started out that I would meet such wonderful, caring, loving women, and I'm so blessed to know each and everyone of you. May God bless you Eva, you're in our love and prayers,
Luv Sandy


shaner
12/25/2002 21:28

Hi Deb, thank you for your kind words, but all of you have been a blessing to me too, this Circle of wonderful moms has helped to sustain me on valley days.
I know that Our Lord has blessed this Circle, for it's full of His love. Oh, that must have been hard to hear your sister-in-law calling your nephew Michael, but you were strengthened by Michael, Our Dear Lord, and the prayers of us all. We had a nice, quiet family Christmas, our son Chris is here with his girlfriend, and at the meal, we lit two candles for Shane, one from us, and one from his brother. It was sad at times, but I held back the tears and got through the day. Right now they're watching a movie and I thought I would check the Circle. I'm so happy for you Deb that you made it through the day OK, even though it also had it's sad moments, and gosh, you should have told us about your birthday at the 1st, we would have tried to help you with the day. I love you Deb and all the wonderful other moms on these pages, and you and all will always be in my heart and prayers. Much love to you,
Luv Sandy


shaner
12/25/2002 21:38

Hello dearest Selva, it sounds as though your day volunteering at the Mission was a happy one, reaching out in your own grief and trials to help others who also have their own. It must have been so rewarding to see smiles on their faces, and that's wonderful that you met some nice people there and exchanged numbers! You definitely honoured Solange in a very special way, and Jesus will bless you so much for doing His work for Him! You must be tired after all the hard work, but it was worth it I bet to see others in their time of need, and be able to do your part in helping them out. God bless you sweetie, the day's almost over, but I know that Solange was with you today, so proud of what her mom was doing. Yes, there are so many wonderful people in the world, and that's what we're all here for, to help each other. God bless you too dear Selva, I know it was a painful day, but you got through it. Much love and prayers to you, we all love you too,
Luv Sandy

 
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