Our Vigil: PRUMC Women Share Their Thoughts

This Easter, we invited the women of Peachtree Road to participate in a special prayer vigil and were overwhelmed and touched by the response.  From home and for one hour over the Easter weekend, over 100 women prayed and reflected upon a beautiful guided meditation written by  Rev. Karla Daniel.  Every single hour of the weekend from 3pm on Good Friday to 6am on Easter Sunday was covered in prayer and we were truly inspired by the dedication and experience of each participant.  We wanted to share some of their thoughts in the hopes that you might be moved, as we were, by their time:

“Holy Saturday—that time after Good Friday, before the Resurrection-is where I often struggle.  My personal Holy Saturdays, those times of waiting, of unknowing, are times I’d like to fast-forward.  I loved the devotional words, which said, “It is in our faithful waiting that God speaks and moves.”  –  Jean Underwood

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Abby Cox
Abby Cox

 

“I made the commitment that day to send out emails to those who I thought needed an uplifting word.  I made certain to compliment those who I saw at the PRUMC Easter Egg Hunt and refocused the time with my family.” – Abby Cox

 

 

“If I had  ‘waved my palm branches’ on Palm Sunday, then just showed up on Easter Sunday, I would not have the same appreciation for the price Christ paid for me on the cross.” – Ann Upshaw

“My hour of prayer was 1 am on Saturday.  Surprisingly, losing an hour of sleep didn’t make me tired on Saturday.  Instead I felt content for having made a tiny sacrifice for The One who sacrificed everything for me.” – Wendy Baker

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Ann Elsas
Ann Elsas

 

“A third of the way into my hour, my 1 yr. old daughter woke up crying. My prayer hour turned into a precious time of rocking her in the dark, as she laid on my shoulder. That sweet, peaceful moment made me think of how much God loves us . . . and how much I love my children unconditionally, too.” – Ann Elsas

 

“I had so much inner peace the entire day because of the vigil.  I think having this time alone is so crucial in our hectic lives.”  – Greer Hughes

“I am not a public speaker, so when it comes to quiet time with God I find that to be restless, too.  This time was different because I took the opportunity to read the entire weekend script and all the prayers – perhaps scripted prayer is good for me.  The stories and prayers were beautiful and touching, especially right before dawn.”  – Lisa Williams

“The vigil necessitated my sitting down, reading and truly contemplating those three days of the crucifixion, resurrection story.  It made this Easter much more meaningful for me.” – Barbara Aiken

“I appreciated the varying quotes that began each meditation, Anne Frank, Thomas Merton, St. John of the Cross, Prayer of the Unknown Confederate Soldier and Teresa of Avila.” – Sharon Minor

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Barbara Bohne
Barbara Bohne

 

“One of my prayer partners for the 9 am hour called me on Friday to ask if I had a specific need she could add to her prayers.  I was touched by that gesture.” – Barbara Bohne

 

 

“I realize the light comes after the darkness but I am sure they thought that with Jesus dead it would never be light, again.  How wonderful it is that they were wrong.” – Martha Barnes

“Just the pure power and joy of knowing that a group of women were praying fervently for our church and the world sincerely helped to set my heart in the right place for Holy Week.” – Wistie Kennedy

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Jamie Bracewell
Jamie Bracwell

 

“I said a prayer, offering praise and thanks for those people in my life that have helped me at my lowest points.  I then turned to the Gospel of John and read it from start to finish.  I started at 7 pm on the dot, and without checking the time, I read John straight through.  I read the last sentence and looked up.  It was 8 pm exactly.” – Jamie Bracewell

 

“There was something very peaceful and comforting to have a quiet hour of reflection and prayer.  For me, this experience was significant, as I rarely SLOW DOWN to reflect and just listen to God without rushing.” – Christy Holmes

“I had just read the Barbara Brown Taylor article earlier in the day and so the darkness was interesting and comforting, making it easier to think of all the things that happened in the dark to Jesus and to his faithful followers.  I enjoyed the opportunity to focus on the women in the story and their significance.” – Allyson Maske

“At 4 am in the morning there is a different stillness.  Time was open and unrestricted.  Though I was tired, there was a freedom in my prayer and openness in my conversation which is hard to achieve in the daylight.” – Carrie Fischer

 

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1 Comment

  1. I speak to God all day and have for years. “Thank you, Jesus,” “Oh, Lord,” etc., and He knows when I do this, I am speaking to Him with sincere reverence. I thought it might be hard to just sit and pray for a certain period of time because I said I would. So when I began, I reflected on the materials sent by Susan which I had read,then got teary eyed thinking about Jesus being beaten so badly, and lowered in a dark and dreary dungeon and so painfully put to death. So I prayed for him and to him. After a while my knees got tired so I sat in my Grandmother’s rocking chair and held my mother’s rosary as I watched my dog resting peacefully and then a peaceful feeling surrounded me. God is good. And He Lives!!! 🙂

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