In August of 2011, when I was on the phone with my friend Diana Bing, she ended our call by prayer for me. I felt so loved and supported. It was like she was holding me. It’s hard to describe, really. It was very special. So when she asked if I wanted to be a part of a Prayer Circle she started in 2006 to support a dear friend of hers going through breast cancer, I said unequivocally yes! A group of us, including Diana, her friend, some colleagues and my mom, met weekly on Wednesdays at 5pm. Each week we talked about where I was on my journey and what I was needing, and they would pray, usually with one person leading, and others joining in. Prayer Circle is a poem I wrote in honor of the precious angels-on-earth that lifted me up and guided me during the darkest days. This is how the poem appeared on 9/27/11, when I first wrote it:
By Vicki L. Flaherty
A regular gathering in God’s name, this precious prayer circle.
Spirits bonded by faith that where two or more gather in prayer, miracles are possible.
Together friends pray for one in need – a circle unbroken by time, expanded to include me.
Prayer warriors they gather to fight off fear and worry and doubt.
These precious angels-on-earth form – with God’s love – a shield to protect me in difficult times.
Sisters holding my hands, lifting me up in prayer – that I may be guided through the challenges ahead.
Such beautiful voices call upon God’s grace.
These amazing women generous with their hearts, feeding me with their light.
I am blessed by their gifts of caring and enveloped in love.
© copyright Vicki L. Flaherty, Mostly My Heart Sings, 2013