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Prayer Shawl Gratitude

November 23

When I first read about the Prayer Shawl Ministry, I was struck by it’s beautiful concept. The person knitting the shawl begins with prayers and blessings for the recipient, ends with a final blessing, and prays blessings into it throughout its creation. The shawl is meant to give comfort and solace to its recipient.

I had always thought about making one of these shawls, but had never considered what it would be like to receive one. One of the most powerful times of my mother’s illness was when a staff member from her church came into her room at the hospital, bearing a prayer shawl. He was the epitome of kindness and led us in a beautiful prayer. My mom couldn’t speak, but she spent a long time entranced with the shawl. With her one good hand she felt the stitches over and over, and admired the pretty colors. It was as if she could feel all those blessings and prayers knitted into it.

The shawl has served as blanket on Mom’s bed, a shawl around her shoulders, and a lap warmer when we wheel her outside. During a particularly bad stretch that found my mother in ICU again, I wrapped up in it as I slept in a recliner in her room. As I hugged it around me I was comforted by the thought of all the people sending their love and prayers Mom’s way. Most of all, in the middle of the clinical, machine-laden world of hospitals where the effort is on to heal the body, it has served as a reminder that what really matters is the spirit.

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4 Comments to

“Prayer Shawl Gratitude”

  1. On November 23rd, 2009 at 3:31 pm Karen Says:

    This is really nice to know. I’ve knitted a couple of prayer shawls and donated them–then kind of wondered if they’d just be a bother to people. I hope you’re OK, Audrey. Please take care of yourself first.

  2. On November 28th, 2009 at 1:10 pm Stephanie Says:

    Audrey, What a beautiful testament of the spirit of a knitted gift and the healing power of creative kindness! You sure have captured a beautiful aspect of gifting our creations. Your comments truly touched my heart and have inspired me to knit a prayer shawl. Please continue with your beautiful projects…

  3. On November 28th, 2009 at 5:32 pm audknits Says:

    I hope you knit that prayer shawl, Stephanie. Isn’t it amazing how much it can mean to the recipient – and her family?

  4. On December 3rd, 2009 at 8:52 am Adrienne Says:

    Audrey, what a beautiful testament to knitters who spread their love and joy to others with a beautiful gift. The shawl is priceless.

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