Prayer Shawl

This past December, Hutch, a friend of ours, suddenly passed away from a heart attack. It was truly shocking. Visiting his widow the next day was horrible. The first thing she said to us was “Don’t take this day for granted.”

I remember all the laughs we had. For years, our group of about ten couples from church would gather at someone’s house once a month for Appetizer Club. Each couple would bring their favorite dish and drink. We did this for years! Every Christmas we would do the crazy gift exchange and Hutch would be the one to make the funny comments and get us going. I miss those days. Our kids have grown up, some families have moved away and our lives have changed.

20140317-091939.jpgI didn’t know what to do for Rene. Her pain was so raw.

20140317-092025.jpgThen I read Lil Blue Boo blog post about a prayer shawl she was given. Ashley received a beautiful, blue hand knitted shawl while she was fighting cancer,from someone she didn’t even know. The shawl had been prayed over by the giver’s church.

20140317-092623.jpgThis post spoke to me immediately. You see, I had bought a dozen skeins of yarn from a local knitting store that was going out of business about 25 years ago. I had never done anything with the yarn until now. I always thought the yarn was so soft and pretty, but I didn’t know what to do with it.

I did a little research into prayer shawls and found that they are usually given to someone suffering grief, pain or sickness. As the knitter knits the stitches, she prays for the recipient. When the shawl is finished, hands are laid upon it and is blessed by many. The intent of this gift is to provide a hug, warmth, security and comfort.

20140317-093528.jpgI did pray for Rene and her children as I knitted. I knew there wasn’t much I could do to take away her pain, but I could pray for her.

20140317-093730.jpgI finally finished it.

20140317-093835.jpgWrapped and ready to mail. I pray she feels some comfort when she feels overwhelmed and sad. I pray that when she wraps this shawl around her, she knows that she is loved.

Thanks for dropping by,


One thought on “Prayer Shawl

  1. Mary, you are such a blessing to everyone who knows you. I read your blog and I am blessed every time. You are so kind and thoughtful, fun and endearing, but more than anything ~ loving. Thank you for sharing your life and love with so many. I love you and I am so grateful to know you and to be able to call you my friend. May God bless you. Cindy

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