A Prayer Rock Minister
--by maryvanvliet1949, posted Dec 27, 2007
A few years ago I had to have thyroid surgery. Because I am a school teacher, I was terrified that I would never speak again. I shared my fear with my minister, and she gave me a "prayer stone" to take with me into surgery. I had the nurse tape it on my arm during surgery and many people "commented" about the rock taped to my arm. As I awaited my operation, people on the stretchers next to me asked about my "stone" and when I explained where I got it from, they asked to hold it.
I can't explain how amazing it was to see the fear leave the eyes of those people when they held my stone.
My surgery went well but then a friend of mine, going through a terrible divorce, asked for it. And so I gave it. It helped her in court, but then she lost the stone! I was heartbroken. What would I do?
I returned to my minister , who now decided to make me a "Prayer Rock Minister". She said my faith would make any stone that I gave to someone become blessed. Today I carry a pocketful of blue stones from the dollar store with me and hand them out on a regular basis. I can't tell you the number of people just in my school who have them and some have gone with my students to Iraq and returned. And even when I ask "strangers" how things are going, for some reason they tell me all of their problems and I give them a blue stone to let them know that they are not alone.
Perhaps we can all help to change the world "one starfish at a time". And perhaps we all can become Prayer Rock Minister too!
We love you mrs. Vanvliet, your such an amazing teacher and person,