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Healing through Giving
Created By: L Lizzy

I was diagnosed with Bi-Polar Disorder four years ago. Since that time I have spent many hours in therapy and tried many different medications, all to no avail. I began to go to church again and found that I felt better. The real relief came when my mother taught me to crochet. It didn't take long and I was "hooked." Around that time, my Godmother was diagnosed with brain cancer. My mother bought the Prayer Shawl Ministries book and chose a beautiful pattern to knit. I helped her and it was soon finished. Our Pastor blessed it and we were off on a 24 hour drive to visit my Godmother. We placed the shawl on her in the hospital and it stayed with her till she died a few months later. Now her daughter wraps herself in it when she needs a comforting hug. After returning home, I went out and bought some yarn and started my first prayer shawl. A month later I had a beautiful blue shawl and a peace of mind that I had never experienced before. As I crocheted the shawl I found that with every stitched, my anxiety lessened. The more I crocheted, the better I felt. I was healing, mentally. I quickly began my second prayer shawl for my mother. I was making better therapeutic progress while crocheting than I ever did with medication and therapy. I began to crochet all the time.

My second shawl was probably the most important. This one was for my mother. I chose a beautiful color by using the suggestions in the book. I finished in church on Mother's Day last year. I had our Pastor bless it after the service and then presented it to my mother. This was the day after my Godmother had succumb to cancer. My mother began to cry the moment I gave her the shawl. She knew that I had been making it, but she didn't realize it was for her. She brought it with her when we made the trek south for my Godmother's funeral. They were best friends for over 30 years and my mother felt like she had lost a part of her own body. She was absolutely devastated. She said that receiving the shawl when she did was one of the greatest blessings.

The third shawl I've made was for my Mother's Godfather. He is 90 years old and still young. Recently his wife had fallen and had to spend some considerable time in the hospital. I finished the shawl and it is now waiting to be delivered.

Making these prayer shawls has been as much of a gift to me as it has been for those who have received my creations. I am planning to continue making shawls and I am excited to see the new patterns. I love the beauty and simplicity of them. Thank you.

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