Monday, January 15, 2007

A Fragrance * The Prayers of Children

The Prayers of the Children
They float up to heaven on the wings of their guardian angels
and their fragrance is that unknown to man,
these prayers of children.
Innocent and untainted, they flood the heavenlies with pure faith
and rest in the arms of comfort and peace,
for they have no doubt to battle with
or fainting idea's that unwind their requests.
Is there any question then,
that the wisest most powerful prayers
are those of the children.

2007 has started with an intended journey, not the kind you plan, or ask for, that other kind. The kind that tills your soil, digs down deep to churn the very core of who you are, or think you are. Because I enjoy learning so much, I find most journeys interesting, knowing that the lessons learned will be well worth every worn out pair of shoes it takes to finish. However, this journey includes my entire family, not one of us is being dismissed from this course. I end every day in tears, sometimes they are happy, sometimes not. You know the story and many of you have worn your own shoes out with me on this one. You have done the traveling and felt the pain and weariness that sinks way deep into your bones. But did you know that we have had special visitors accompany us? Did you know they were small of stature, tiny feet and hands, wide eyes full of wonder. They ran in from being outdoors and they smelled like wet dogs. They randomly checked in on you just for a kiss that left wet, red kool-aid on your cheek. They saw you crying and they stopped what they were doing and immediately wanted to know what was wrong? Many of you shared some stories with me about your children and the impact Marks story had on them. Some of you showed them Marks pictures on your computers, explained what happened to him and that now, all these people all over the world were lighting candles, saying prayers and making good wishes come his way, so that Mark could get better. Well...........

They wanted to help too. Their innocent pure hearts wanted to get involved and so they put on their best walking shoes and got in line right along side of you and me. Through these tiny warriors, Mark got blessed at bedtimes, dinner tables, on couches holding hands with their mommy's and some of them even participated in a prayer vigil that this wonderful woman arranged for all of us to gather in an organized effort. I stood in my back yard with my jams on in Marks behalf. It was a sunny late morning and the birds in my back yard hushed their songs for an important moment. I cried.
Mother's...please tell your children that Mark's Mommy is very grateful for their beautiful, lovely prayers. Show them my profile picture and say, "That Moma right there thinks you are the most wonderful child in this entire world." And I mean that. Each story that has been told to me, each comment touches me so deeply that I read them all through bleary eyes. I have been crying so much these last few days. Grateful tears that fall safely on the shoulders of all of you and the children.
I have a bff...yes, even us 40 somethings have Fristers that run to get you Starbucks when you can't. She also is my neighbor, 2 doors down. She has been reading many of you for months and finally took the plunge...yes, she is a bloggette and you cand find her here. It will be a Sweet Surrender, I'm sure!


Blogger Shaz said...

All my babies all 4 of them know and admire you Mark and can hurt for everthing you are going through. I am un sure if you had the chance to remember ou New xmas tradition but he means the world to us and I know my girls especially Danicka will appreciate this post as she has your words before. From me and my babes LOve and KIsses Sweet momma xxxx

1:31 AM  
Blogger Toni said...

Hi Darlene,

Glad to hear that Mark is doing better, (I've been away from the blogging world for a couple of days) Hang in there on the rollercoaster, it's tough but it will get better.

Positive thoughts and big bear hugs to you, Mark and all of your Family,

Love Toni xx

4:20 AM  
Blogger magicaldamselfly said...

I to joined in this meditation and used it as intercessory prayer time for Mark, it touched my soul so deeply that I have not been able to put it into words.
I like using a picture as a focal point of my meditation sometimes and I used a picture of children/angels for this very reason, when angels sing God dances and I do believe he is doing a healing dance for Mark every time an angels/child sings to him.

Healing blessings to you all,

5:03 AM  
Blogger bb said...

that was an amazing thing, to have the prayer meditation organised for your family. and i'll be sure to pass this message on to my babies when they come home from school.
in my heart, love bb x x x

5:44 AM  
Anonymous suzie q said...

Hey Gorgeous :)

The meditation was a wonderful experience for me and I hope for you, Mark & the rest of the family too.

My boy asks every day now about Mark's progress, and celebrates with me over every step in the right direction. He thinks you are amazing, and wonders how come you look so much younger than I do! ;)

Love & Healing Hugs from the both of us. Thanks for the link to Angela's blog, give her a hug from me, too. (((Fristers)))

Suze xXx

6:17 AM  
Blogger gena said...

I think your story has touched all of us Darlene, and how amazing that we can all offer prayers and meditations and positive thoughts to people we have met in cyberspace! what a great community! The first thing I do when I get up is say to my little seven yr old, come on lets see how Mark is doing, as the computer is loading I can almost hear her silent prayers " let him be better today, let him be better..."

6:18 AM  
Anonymous Brian said...

Good morning Darlene. And it is a good morning. The sun comes up, the air is sweet. The birds singing. All of your friends think of you and Mark and your family and smile with love and joy.

6:25 AM  
Blogger Deb R said...

I'm glad you've had a frister nearby during all this. Off to visit her now!

6:29 AM  
Blogger Michelle O'Neil said...

Today I showed my kids your website. They LOVED looking at your beautiful pictures, (especially of Mark since they prayed for him during the vigil).

Riley, who is a great reader turned to Seth and said, "Darlene really loves to learn."

6:39 AM  
Blogger Star said...

Each day when I come here I am amazed at your inner strength and your willingness to continue reaching out even as you are needing the arms of others around you. Thank you for introducing us to Angela.

Sending love and prayers for Mark and all of you.

xoxo Star

6:43 AM  
Blogger Chulita said...

Darlene, something magical and sacred has been happening as a result of Mark's horrible accident. Nothing, absolutely nothing, in this world happens for no reason and I am honored to be a part of this. Thank you so much for your loving acknowledgement of us. We all have one thing in common--Mark's recovery. And also your good health so you can walk that long road along with him. Much love to you all.


6:58 AM  
Blogger Turquoise CRO said...

I am GLAD you have had a frister so near! I just visited her and she is a Godsend! Children's prayers, so pure and sweet, just like your love is to us Darlene! ((((((Mark,Darlene, Jay, Angela)))))Thinking of you Starshine, xo, Cinda

8:14 AM  
Blogger Amber said...

Why wouldn't a woman like you have a bff?? She is lucky. I will drop by the say hi.

Yes, I will do this with Wyatt today. He knows all about Mark, and is happy when I tell him how brave he is being in trying to get well. To know you think he is "wonderful" will surely make him smile. :)

God Bless you, sweetheart. I hope it is a good day...


8:19 AM  
Anonymous mindy said...

and even through the most difficult of journeys, you still have the power to in spire and touch so many...i was talking about you and mark to my little one, and how important it is to reach out to our friends who need us, and even at 3 he understood this...the gravity of not being well and the direct impact of our hands held out to hold, to supporrt, to love. we all send our prayers. our family to yours.

8:20 AM  
Anonymous teresa sheeley said...

Hi Darlene,
Thanks for introducing your friend/neighbor/frister! I think when Mark gets to come home, you will have strength and willpower like you have never known. You are a very strong woman! You will whip him into shape in no time, only a mothers love and tenderness can do.

Have a happy day today!

8:26 AM  
Blogger Becca said...

You and your family have blessed us all with your courage and strength as you proceed on this unintended journey.

My prayers continue to travel with you every day :)

8:41 AM  
Anonymous Marilyn said...

Darlene, although I haven't been veering out of Bloglines to comment in awhile, just wanted to let you know that I've been reading all of your posts...and holding good thoughts for Mark's healing. It will be a journey indeed...sometimes our lessons arrive in hugely unexpected packages. May you find the joys in this one...because amid the tears and pain, no doubt there will be some...there always are. xoxo

9:47 AM  
Blogger Angie said...

I have, on this day, been led by some One to your blog for the first time. I have spent the day, literally, from the first moment of Mark's accident, to this moment in time. I have had to take breaks from it---I have no words, the tears have spilled, I'm cheering all of you on. And I feel that our's, that didn't make it, is up there pushing and cheering Mark on in his struggle for life. My heart and my mind are too full of the enormity of it all to be able to set out anything in words but heartful prayers are going up from me, and I send huge quilty hugs to wrap all of you in. I'll be back. Thank you, all of you, for being there...

9:49 AM  
Blogger Regina Clare Jane said...

There is just something so special about sharing one's grief and hope- it can be so healing, not just for the person going through it all, but for everyone that takes the time to care and be a part of the process. We all love you, Darlene, and feel blessed by your courage. You are our inspiration for times when we need help- I know I will never forget being with you and Mark on this journey. Thank you for including me...

10:42 AM  
Blogger Jerri said...

The meditation was an amazing experience for me, Darlene. Outside, despite the cold and wind, I was warm and comfortable and Mark's candle remained lit. I felt the community of souls gathered. Felt them in my bones and my heart and my soul.

You mentioned the birds in your yard quieted. The dozens of geese gathered on my pond were still and quiet during the meditation, too. It really was as though they sensed the gathering, too.

How wonderful of you to think of thanking the children. I, too, believe their prayers are special. There will be many happy little ones today, hearing your words.

Blessings today as always. Godspeed to Mark and to you.

12:21 PM  
Blogger Sarah said...

I check daily on Mark's progress. I am so glad to read he is making such marvelous progress. I know it must seem like slow progress, but it is truly miraculous that he has been able to heal and overcome such monumental obstacles.

I am glad that you have such a wonderful support group. Best wishes for continued healing for you and your family, both physically and emotionally.

12:59 PM  
Blogger Cinda RaeO said...

I know Darlene won't mind if I ask or invite YOU sweet prayer warriors to my Blog today, I have a sweet little gal posted there in need of prayers! I tryed going onto her website and signing the guestbook but it said it was unavailable at this time and I wanted to get in touch with Alyssa's parents to see if this was alright with them but they are at Disneyworld this week! + she is scheduled to go to Sloan-Kettering in New York City for another surgery January 26 so I wanted us to start embracing Alyssa in our prayers too! Is this alright Darlene??? Let me know! xo, Cinda

2:26 PM  
Blogger dd/sandy said...

What a beautiful post. Just wonderful. All my thoughts and prayers are with your family today and always.


2:36 PM  
Blogger deni said...

I haven't been around for a few days, I just caught up on your posts, I am so happy to hear of Mark's progress, surely an answer to prayer.

Go, Mark, Go!!

4:44 PM  
Anonymous ceanandjen said...

D~ Yes, children truly are so full of light and love. They are innocent and view the world in a much clearer manner than we sometimes can. Your special mention of them is wonderful.

Love to you...and more prayers for good, positive, forward movement.


4:49 PM  
Blogger ~Bek~ said...

Love and best wishes to you, Mark, Jay and your entire family.

5:14 PM  
Blogger Trish Ryan said...

There are more shoes where these came from - thank you for letting us travel with you. Here's to the awesome journey ahead :)

6:47 PM  
Blogger LEstes65 said...

I've told you before that your site has been ministering to me for a while. My boys know an abbreviated version of Mark's story. They were very concerned. Your words still minister to me. You are such an amazing person. I imagine that translates to your whole family.

God continue to bless you in the most amazing ways.

8:15 PM  
Blogger Angela Marie said...

Hey my love!

I love this... "A Fragrance * The Prayers of Children." So sweet, and Mark will love this and be very touched. He loves children.

I remember him coming to the door on Halloween with his friends little boy. He was so excited AND dressed up! That just melted my heart.

((((BIG HUG))))

Yosemite was GREAT! We have to go there with our guys! wink

8:24 PM  
Blogger Jane Poe (aka Deborah) said...

The prayers of children ... those pure, lovely thoughts unfettered by ageing. Beautiful words sweet Dar & looking forward to seeing your dear friend's blog. Much love, Deb

9:22 PM  

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