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Prayer Garden

Welcome to the Garden of Prayer


In Lamentations 3:55-57 Jeremiah cries out: 
I called on thy name, O Lord,
     from the depths of the pit;
thou didst hear my plea, do not close
     thine ear to my cry for help!
Thou didst come near when I called
     on thee;
thou didst say, Do not fear! 
No matter what kind of a pit we are in or how deep it is there is no prayer the Lord does not hear or answer.  Jesus told us not to have fear but to call on the Father and trust in him.  I don't know about you but that's not always an easy thing for me to do.  I know I can't do it on my own.
The only way I can quell my fears and trust in Jesus is through prayer.  I have also found that prayer in communion with others is the most powerful force on earth.  All things are possible when we pray and have others praying with us.
So, when you are burdened and heavy laden remember the words of Jesus found in St. Matthew's gospel: come unto me, all ye that travail and are heavy laden, and I will refresh you
There are two types of gardens within the Prayer Garden.  The first is the Garden of Prayers and Intentions.  This is where you can plant prayers for your needs and intentions.  Members of the community as well as those people who surf in will be able to pray for you.
The second garden is the Garden of Shared Prayers.  If you have a prayer that is particularly meaningful for you plant it in the garden.  Everyone who visits the garden will be uplifted by your prayer.
To plant a prayer in either garden send me an email.
To enter the garden scroll down.

Garden of Prayers and Intentions
I ask for your prayers that this ministry may grow reflecting the divine light of Christ and in its own small way be an instrument for peace and salvation.  Fr. Jack
Upon reviewing your web page I have been guided to ask for prayers concerning my daughter and son-in-law.  They are involved in drugs and we are raising our 5 year old grandaughter.  Please pray for my oldest grandson Jermey, for Maria, Scott, Shawn and our family.  We are deeply involved in a court custody case to help this little girl. 
Update: Maria has left rehab and has returned to selling and using drugs.  Her son Jeremy has joined her in the drug trade. 
I ask your prayers for my neighbor Don and his family.  Don is 75, his older brother is 85 and his oldest brother Henry is 97.  Henry lives alone but requires assistance from Don, who lives 25 miles away, on a daily basis.  Henry had surgery two weeks ago, suffers mild dementia, and is paronoid.  He continually calls the police claiming that Don and other care takers are stealing his money and household goods.  Henry's doctor told him he cannot live alone any longer and must go into a life care facility.  Henry refuses and the only way the family can force him is to go to court and have him declared mentally incompetent.  Henry's lawyer has said he will do everything he can to block this action.  After spending the day with Henry yesterday Don was home for only 20 minutes when his 85 year old brother called with a crisis and Don had to go back to Henry's.  Don is physically and emotionally exhausted, does not want to take his brother to court, and cannot make a decision of what to do. 
Update: Henry's doctor has changed his medication and after undergoing surgery the crisis has passed.  Thank you for your prayers.
Prayers are asked for John who destroyed his rotator cup in a dirt bike accident.  He will undergo surgery the end of July. 
Update: John's surgery went well. Unfortunately he has considerable restriction of range of motion and needs more prayer for complete healing.
Please continue to pray for James.  After undergoing surgery, chemotherapy and radiation therapy he is cancer free.  However, he has much healing to do to reverse the effects of treatment which have left him unable to eat food and  must be fed by a feeding tube.
Please pray for Jim who suffers from a chronic pain condition. 
Please pray for Al who is fighting lung cancer.
Please pray for Eddie who in his mid-twenties has diabetes, hypertension, and heart disease.
Please pray for Jerry who two years ago suffered brain injury in a tractor accident.  He is hospitalized and his prognosis is guarded.
                                                      Garden of Shared Prayers
My soul doth magnify the Lord:
And my spirit hath rejoyced in God my savior.
Because he hath regarded the lowlines of his handmaid.
For he that is mighty hath done great things to me,
     to them that fear him.
He hath showed might with his arm.
He hath scattered the proud in the conceit of their heart.
He hath put down the mighty from their seat,
     and hath exalted the lowly.
He hath filled the hungry with good things;
     and the rich he hath sent away empty.
He hath received Israel his servant,
     being mindful of his mercy.
As he spoke to our fathers,
     to Abraham and to his seed forever.
Luke 1:46
Prayer of St. Francis of Assisi
make me an instrument of your peace.
Where there is hatred, let me sow love;
Where there is injury, pardon;
Where there is doubt, faith;
Where there is despair, hope;
Where there is darkness, light, and
Where there is sadness, joy.
O, divine master
grant that I may not so much
seek to be consoled as to console;
To be understood as to understand;
to be loved as to love;
For it is in giving that we receive;
It is in pardoning that we are pardoned;
and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.