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Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital heals the body and soul

For the second year in a row, Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital found success in its House of Prayer efforts. The chapel of the hospital was transformed into an around-the-clock prayer center during the week of June 15-22, and was open to physicians, employees, patients, and the community. This 168-hour event centered on the theme of diversity.

“The House of Prayer experience is just one way we extend the healing ministry of Christ to our community,” said Rick Mace, Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital chief executive officer. “The opportunity to meditate about what’s truly important in this life is an integral reason why the House of Prayer provides meaning to those who participate.”

There was a variety of interactive and reflective prayer experiences with a volunteer “prayer guardian” available for individual prayers around the clock. One such example of the interactions available was the hospital’s version of the Jewish Wailing Wall. The original Wailing Wall, or Western Wall, in Jerusalem is thought by Jews to signify being in the presence of the Divine. Individuals were given pens and markers to write prayers on the hospital’s Wailing Wall; stickers were placed next to the prayers signifying others were praying those prayers as well.

“The concept of the House of Prayer was to go forward as an organization keeping the healing ministry of Christ as the forefront of our mission,” said Vicky Syren, manager of pastoral care at Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital. “We are so thankful for the chance to be able to heal not only the body, but also the soul.”

The hospital’s first weeklong house of prayer took place April 28 to May 5, 2008. The 24-7 prayer movement started in Great Britain in 1999.