In memory of Ben Comparone, we are offering a token of support. We created these stones with inspirational words and images to be given to those who suffer with addiction and those that love them. We believe that prayers of hope and healing sent out to the universe are heard by every denomination and anyone with a connection to these stones will receive these prayers daily. For more information or to receive stones, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
In peace and love, K
Prayer is, and means many different things to all people. This is merely a sampling of what prayer could be.
-A solemn request for help or expression of thanks
addressed to God or an object of worship.
-An earnest hope or wish.
-Prayer is conversation with God,
in direct address to him/her.
Prayer may be spoken or thought, occasional or constant.
-An act of communication by humans with the holy,
the transcendent realm, or supernatural powers
that are found in all religions in all times.
-An intimate friendship,
a frequent conversation held alone with the Beloved
How to pray
-Speak out loud, think, sing, YELL!
-Can be recited from memory or read from a book.
-Prayer can be a conversation.
Who -Anyone -Everyone -Alone or with a group
Where to pray
When to pray
-Whenever the 'spirit' moves you.
-In times of need & in times of plenty.
-When you are feeling strong.
-When you are feeling weak.
-When you are happy
-When you are sad
Types of prayer -Blessing: recognizing the power of God.
-Gratitude: being thankful.
-Intercession: asking God to step in and help others.
-Petition: asking for what we need, physical & spiritual.
-Praise: expression of love for God
I selected this photo (from my retreat at Camp Calumet)
because I liked the representation of the line between
the water and the sky being blurred.
It is a reminder to me that I am as close to God
as I choose to be.
Are prayers answered? Yes! Prayers are always answered.
However sometimes the answer is yes,
and sometimes, wait.
The belief in a higher power is, at its heart
a trusting relationship
that one must understand and believe
that God is at work
even when we don't understand
WHY? Prayer is personal. For me, it is an intimate relationship with the one who loves me (and you) more than could possibly be imagined. My higher power knows my heart better than I know it myself and wants to hear what I have to say, good, bad or indifferent. Finally, for me, prayer is a two way street When I pray I must always LISTEN & LOOK
The answer is there open your heart so that your heart can be opened
The peace & love of the one who was, is and always will be our God be with you today and always, For me, through Jesus Christ my Lord and Savior, AMEN xox Kristyn
Working every day with patients who are dying and their familieshas taught me many things. This spring I had the honor of working with a family who was preparing for the death of their patriarch. He was and will be remembered as an incredibly loving husband, father and grandfather. His grandson was what I like to call an 'old soul'. He was 16 at the time and had such incredible insight; much more than he should have had at such a young age. He shared with me this message from his grandfather:
At the end of the day
if you have
and a hug
its been a pretty damn good day
This is one of my therapeutic drawings;
my patient took this up at the suggestion of his daughter.
There is always room in life, even at the end, to try something new
It is a very simple philosophy and it is a very thought provoking one at the same time. Sometimes it is not the grand days; the days you feel you have done your part to save yourself or humankind. Sometimes it is the day you are grateful for a laugh, cry, and a hug. Enjoy those days because they truly are a 'pretty damn good day'.
Thank you young man for inspiring me and others, your grandfather was blessed to have you to carry on his message of hope and love.