The New York skyline is peppered with wooden water towers on top of buildings. They remind me of my long time friend, Jeremy.


I thought they were forgotten relics, but now they are everyday reminders to pray for family friends.

I hadn’t taken much notice of the water towers before. I thought them a relic of the past. Yet, Jeremy made them stand out.

I met Jeremy when my college friend, Judith, started dating him and eventually married him. Judith and Jeremy came to New York a couple of years ago for a vacation. We lived in Massachusetts at the time. So, my husband and I drove down from Boston to spend some time with them. Jeremy was fascinated by the wooden water towers.



Far from relics, they are a necessity for producing pressure so New Yorkers have water when they turn on the faucet or shower.

We found model kits in a shop in the West Village. Jermey considered buying one, but they were expensive for little pieces of card.

Now I live in New York, I see water towers everywhere, especially from the roof of our building.



Each one reminds me of Jeremy, my friend Judith, and their eldest son Tom, who is my Godson. It is an opportunity to pray for them all.

What everyday sight reminds you of a shared memory with family friends?


Linking up with Kelly Balarie at #RaRaLinkup, with Holley Gerth at #CoffeeForYourHeart

  • I love these prayer triggers. I use them too. My daughter works for the post office, so whenever I see a mail box, a truck, etc., I pray for her. My husband is a handyman, so Home Depot or trucks with tools trigger prayer for him.

  • Rachel,
    It’s amazing what is in front of us all the time, but yet we don’t see…..kind of like Creation. I love taking walks on fall days with my dog and one part of our walk is under a wonderful line of trees that turn all shades yellow, gold, flaming orange, and red in the fall. When I see all the different individual leaves making such a glorious burst of color, I am reminded of friends and family and make my walk one of intercessory prayer for them. Great question!
    Bev xx

    • Beautiful. Fall leaves remind me of my years of living in New England and my friends there – and to pray for them. I think you’ve captured that prayer trigger for me, Bev.

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