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Once upon a prayer shawl
Created By: L Laura

I suppose this is less a story about a prayer shawl ministry and more about one particular prayer shawl that had a significant impact on an entire church community.

Last October, the associate pastor of my congregation was diagnosed with Stage IV liver cancer. The disease progressed very quickly, but no one knew how long she had. I was able to acquire some beautiful soft cotton yarn in pink colors that she always wore and I knit a prayer shawl for her. Then a friend and I set up an area for the members of the congregation to tie fringe on the shawl as they prayed for their pastor. As it happened, this "fringe-tying" ceremony occurred the Sunday we announced that she was going into hospice care. The response from the congregation was amazing. I've never seen so many people happy to have something to do that meant something; a way for their prayers to be translated into reality. My pastor had two prayer shawls, one from a ministry of a church down the road, that meant so much to her because she didn't even know them, and one from us, that had been touched and prayed over by many people in the congregation.

She died the following week, and at the visitation, the family had draped both prayer shawls over her closed casket, showing how much these prayers had meant to them. There is something so powerful in this yarn, twisted around needles, and infused with prayers.

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