So, what is the idea behind a prayer shawl? Here's a quick summary: As the shawl is constructed the maker will begin work with a prayer of blessing and then pray for the unknown recipient. When completed the shawl will be blessed again by the group of people involved in the ministry. The shawl is then given to someone in need of comfort with the idea that when they wrap the soft shawl around their shoulders they will feel comfort and solace.
At the meeting everyone brings finished shawls and shawls that are in progress (we knit while we talk business). There are always skeins of yarn that have either been donated or bought with donated funds as well as needles and hooks, so you don't have to buy anything. At the first meeting when they realized I was struggling one of the ladies handed me two pairs of needles and explained that they were a good size that I would find easy to use. I also picked up two skeins of light blue yarn even though I had an ample supply of yarn at home - the blue just called to me. While working on it I've delighted in its softness and often as I spread it across my legs to work I felt a sense of peace come over me (trust me, I needed it!).
|I've got two in process at this time and alternate working on them with other projects|
A Shawl Maker's Prayer
© 2015 All rights reserved - By Diane Burgess
Dear Lord; Bless my hands as I knit today. May each
twist of the yarn guide me to create a pattern of love and
comfort in my work and remind me of Your ultimate protection.
Wrap me in Your spirit so that I will be more caring towards
those in need.
Grant me patience as I create this shawl. And bless
my handiwork as it travels to bring comfort and peace
to someone in need of Your warming embrace. Amen.