In 2018, Tom Montgomery and his wife, Carolyn, moved to Wesbury’s Thoburn Village from Syracuse, NY.
The Montgomery’s had a prayer garden in the backyard of their home in Syracuse and had planned to make a similar one at their Thoburn Village villa. At the start of the pandemic, with the PA Stay at Home Order in place, Tom thought it was the right time to design his vision, a “Fountain of Life Prayer Garden” that would mark their second anniversary of moving to Wesbury. When the stimulus money came, Tom figured the right thing to do was to put that money back into the economy, so he went to Home Depot and got the ball rolling by purchasing the fountain and block materials to build the pool.
As time passed, neighbors and others walking by began to see the fruits of Tom’s labor. The fountain was now flowing, the pool is full of water, the bricks are in place, and seating for a place of prayers and meditation has been added. Tom says, “There is something soothing about sitting and just listening to the water, especially during these unprecedented times.”
The Montgomery’s welcome everyone to use their “Fountain of Life Prayer Garden,” as a holy and sacred space for prayer, whenever they feel the need. The Montgomery’s also promise that whenever they see anyone reflecting in the pray garden, they will also pray for God’s blessing on them.
Today, The Montgomery’s held a dedication of the Prayer Garden to the Wesbury community. The ceremony was performed by Tom, Dave Davis, and Wesbury chaplain Rev. Sam Marchetta. Music was provided by Ray and Debra Blank and Melissa Ginnell.