We're going to start a series on family prayer. Your input and comments are welcome. If you have something to contribute, email me at [email protected] and I'll post your message on the website.
Before we get to any other aspect of prayer, I want to highlight a very powerful prayer that parents of children of any age can use. It's "Pleading the Power of the Blood of Jesus." A woman I met many years ago who had a direct line to heaven with her own prayers taught me this prayer and encouraged me to use it. Since my conversation with this holy woman about this prayer, I have said it every day.
Here's how it goes. I say, "I plead the power of the Blood of Jesus over ___________." I fill in the blank with the name of each of my children, each son-in-law and daughter-in-law, each grandchildren and then my wife and me. I say a separate prayer for each person, like this: "I plead the power of the Blood of Jesus over Laura. I plead the power of the Blood of Jesus over Dan. I plead the power of the Blood of Jesus over Ford..." and so on. This takes a bit of time for me, as I have five married children, one unmarried daughter, and 19 grandchildren.
This prayer is extremely powerful and effective. As Christians, we believe that the strongest force in the history of the world is the saving power of the Blood of Jesus. As it says in Hebrews 9:12: "He [Jesus] entered once for all into the sanctuary, not with the blood of goats and calves but with his own blood, thus obtaining eternal redemption."
So I strongly encourage all of you to use this prayer for your loved ones every day.
Next, we will talk about the main focus and objectives of family prayer. Stay tuned!
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Q&A ON ISSUES RELATED TO MARRIAGE AND FAMILY LIFE
On this page of the Family Life website, we welcome your questions on issues that concern you. We also welcome your own responses to questions and issues raised by others. This section is intended to generate open conversation that will benefit the people of the parish. If you wish to submit a question, feel free to state your name or be completely anonymous.
Question: We just moved and transferred our children into new schools. One of our middle school children is having a particularly difficult time adjusting to the new environment and making new friends. We’re open to advice from people who have been through this.
Answer: That’s a tough one. One of my children went through that when he entered the 7th grade at a new school. It took him two years to feel comfortable, and then he switched to a different school for high school. For him, playing basketball in a recreational league with some classmates helped a lot. I’d love to hear from some other parents who have been through this.
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GARDEN OF LIGHTS 2020 AT TULSA BOTANIC GARDEN
The annual garden of lights display at the Tulsa Botanic Garden is amazing beyond words. It's a great outing for the family. Information is below. Tickets can be purchased through the website at www.tulsabotanic.org.
Make your plans and get tickets now for Garden of Lights!
Timed-Entry Tickets must be purchased in advance. Capacity is limited each night. Plan early to get the date and time you would like. (Timed entry is to limit crowds and lines; once you have entered you may stay as long as you like, until closing at 9 p.m.. Gates open at 5 p.m.)
Thursdays - Sundays, Nov. 27, 2020 - Jan. 3, 2021, 5-9 p.m. and Dec. 21-23
Special dates: Garden of Lights will be open Mon. - Wed., Dec. 21-23 (Closed on Dec. 24 and 25)
Reconnect with family and friends in the garden illuminated with colorful lights. Make s'mores over fire pits, enjoy holiday music and take in the spirit of the season in our magical garden escape.
NIGHTLY: Hot cocoa and spiced cider (with spiked options), beer, wine and s'more kits are available every night for purchase. A food truck will be onsite each night from 5:30-8:30 p.m. Click here for food truck schedule. Hay maze, garden photo stops and fire pits (weather permitting.)
TRAIN RIDES: are Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, and Dec. 21-23, 5-9 p.m. on the peninsula. (Note path to peninsula is gravel). Train ride is included with admission. No Train Rides on Sundays.
LiVE PIANO: on Saturdays and Sundays in Mabee Grange from 5:30-8:30 p.m. Nov. 28-Dec. 13
Holiday Garden Model Railroad by the Tulsa Garden Railroad Club will be set up inside the Mabee Grange Dec. 17-23 and Dec. 26-27. Admission is included with tickets.
Celebrate Safely - Please note these health and safety protocols in place:
- Advance tickets with TIMED ENTRY are required. There will be no sales at the door. Once you have entered you may stay as long as you wish. Gates open at 5 p.m. Garden closes promptly at 9 p.m.
- Capacity is limited each night.
- Masks are required for ages 5 and older and should be worn both inside and outside unless actively eating or drinking. (no medical exemptions)
- Hand sanitizing stations will be located near buildings and in Garden areas.
- There is no waiting area inside the visitor center.
- More tips
TICKETS: Ticket sales benefit the Garden, a non-profit organization. No refunds.
$15 for ages 13+, $5 for ages 3-12. Children 2 and under are free but require a ticket.
Garden member discounted tickets are $10 for ages 13+; $5 for ages 3-12. Must be logged in to see discounted pricing.
A limited number of tickets are available each night for those who qualify for Museums for All program. Tickets are $5/person for ages 13+ for up to 4 people. Children 12 and under are free, but require a ticket. Tickets are limited. Valid EBT card and photo ID w/matching name must be shown with tickets at entry. To purchase tickets call 918-289-0330.
NOTE: TIMED ENTRY TICKETS ARE REQUIRED AND MUST BE PURCHASED IN ADVANCE. Capacity each night is limited. Garden will close to general admission at 3 p.m. on days that Garden of Lights runs and re-open at 5 p.m. for Garden of Lights ticket holders.
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