New Garden Flag and Oil Spill

“New Garden Flag and Oil Spill”, a copyrighted post, was written for my WordPress blog called Always Growing by Jan in Covington, Louisiana

Looks like there might be a problem with capping the oil well in the Gulf. It has been reported that there is some seepage of oil near the well head. Everyone around here is hoping that the cap won’t have to be opened to relieve pressure thereby sending more oil into the Gulf of Mexico.

After Hurricane Katrina, there were garden flags sold that encouraged people to return to the New Orleans area and restore Louisiana. The fleur dis lis on these flags became the symbol for hurricane recovery. The oil spill has spurred the same commitment, and flags have started showing up. I am sure you have seen the photos of the oily pelicans; the pelican has now become the symbol of Gulf Restoration. I bought my flag last week which touts Gulf Restoration. A portion of the proceeds of the purchase price will go to the Audubon Institute’s Bird Rehabilitation Project.



Please pray that this well cap holds until the relief well is finished, and the well is finally capped. Then, we can begin to clean up this mess and begin to heal people’s lives.

NBC Nightly News did a heartbreaking story on the many Gulf Coast pets that have had to be surrendered to animal shelters because their owners can no longer afford to care for them. You can see it here. It shows that it is not only the wildlife like pelicans, turtles, and dolphins that have been hurt by this disaster.

I found this prayer for the Gulf on the internet and wanted to share it with you.

Ocean Lament

We hold in prayer and lament this day
the terrible suffering of all life-forms in the Gulf of Mexico.
We grieve the profound marring of your creation,
and the threat to coastal ways of life.
Have mercy o God, have mercy.
Grant wisdom and perseverance
to all who struggle to contain this disaster.
Let those who lost their lives rest in peace.
And send out your Holy Spirit,
to create anew the face of this earth.

composed by Teresa Berger

The coastline of the Gulf of Mexico is not Louisiana’s coast, or Texas’s coast, or Mississippi’s, or Alabama’s. It is America’s coast, and belongs to everyone. Everyone needs to demand that this area be restored.


  1. debsgarden said,

    July 20, 2010 at 9:11 pm


  2. July 24, 2010 at 8:46 pm

    When the spill first was reported I was praying several times a day about it, but lately, only once every few days. I like the prayer you found. I will make a better effort to pray every day. You are right that the coast belongs to all.

  3. carolyn said,

    July 25, 2010 at 9:54 am

    where in New Orleans or on the northshore can I buy the shown flag?

    • Jan said,

      July 25, 2010 at 7:58 pm

      Carolyn, I bought my flag in Metaire at MJ’s, 1513 Metairie Road, Metairie, LA 70005. They are not too far from the Causeway. I don’t know if they would mail a flag to you, you could contact them to see if you don’t go across the lake very much.

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