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I began my prayer shawl ministry in 2006 when I...
Created By: Cathie McFadden

I began my prayer shawl ministry in 2006 when I met each quarter with friends studying together in a course on Spiritual Formation through the United Methodist church. I learned the patterns and the rest is history.

One of the first shawls I made was for a friend whose breast cancer returned after 5 years remission. She was to undergo chemo once again and I wanted her wrapped in prayers as she started treatment.

She wrote me an e-mail one day many weeks later to tell me that she didn't ask my permission but "loaned" the shawl to another friend newly diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. The shawl then wrapped another dear friend with all the love I had knitted into it through the inspiration of the Holy Spirit.

Pancreatic cancer took the life of our friend on Nov.17, 2007. A week later, the prayer shawl was returned to the original friend to whom it had been intended. She now wears it as she undergoes a very specific new trial of chemo that only 85 people in the country are getting. I pray every day that this new trial will work.

My list includes a woman with fibromyalgia, the grieving mother of a young 35 year old firefighter in NYC who died of a massive coronary, and I am finishing two baby prayer shawls that I begin during the last trimester and pray for the new family and all the medical personnel who will assist in the birth.

This is just a way for me to experience God's spirit as I knit the stitches and pray my prayers of hope and love into them. Sincerely, Cathie McFadden, Flat Rock, NC.

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