Prayer wall project in Ridgefield ends on a high holy note

“God’s spirit at work in ways seen and unseen” was just one of the nearly 200 prayers posted on and in the prayer wall at Jesse Lee Church in Ridgefield during the last two weeks of May. From May 16-30, residents were invited to publicly and privately share what was on their minds, hearts and souls through the wall, which stood at King Lane and Main Street.

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RIDGEFIELD — “God’s spirit at work in ways seen and unseen” was just one of the nearly 200 prayers posted on and in a prayer wall at Jesse Lee Church in Ridgefield during the last two weeks of May. From May 16-30, residents were invited to publicly and privately share what was on their minds, hearts and souls through the wall, which stood at the corner of King Lane and Main Street in town.

“The wall was created to be a place where people could post prayers (while) others could lift those prayers up,” Jesse Lee’s Communications Manager Heidi Yeranossian said. “It absolutely served that purpose well and was beautiful in its simplicity. It also showcased the love and care that people in our community, no matter what their faith background, shared generously with one another.”

The public posts, which were written on a chalkboard, included prayers for healing and provisions for friends and family pertaining to health and new babies. There were prayers for those fighting drug and alcohol addiction, for those wrestling with mental illness and for those whose loved ones suffer from dementia.

There were prayers from people who need jobs, and for countries like Brazil and India that are working hard to contain COVID. There were prayers for those who are in mourning, especially from having lost loved ones to COVID, and prayers for the LGBTQ community and all people to be loved, seen, protected and supported.

There were many prayers asking for God’s help: for direction and guidance; physical healing; a sense of purpose; friends; salvation; His presence; and repentance of sins. People asked God to bless them with health and wellness in mind, body and spirit. There were also a lot of prayers for peace, love, kindness and safety in the world and for all people.

And there were prayers of gratitude for sunshine, community, graduates, confirmands, the freedom we enjoy, the return home of loved ones, free choice, all the things we have and the love that is felt for God.

These messages spilled over onto social media, with many posts praising the significance of having a community that prays for one another. Prayer requests were posted online by folks who live far away as well as by local friends who posted writings on the wall.

Each prayer was recorded and prayed over. On the final day of the two-week period, the prayers were included in Sunday service. Publicly-posted prayers were read aloud and lifted up to God along with the private prayers by Senior Pastor Bill Pfohl, the Prayer Wall Ministry and the congregation.

“It was a wonderful outreach project that seemed to touch a lot of hearts around Ridgefield,” Yeranossian said.