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My First Prayer Shawl
Created By: Valerie Braddock

I read about the prayer shawl ministry a couple of years ago, and at that time I was involved with a play at our local community theatre. In the cast was a young woman I had not really got to know too well prior to the rehearsals. She had recently married an old friend of mine that I'd known for years in the theatre community. In the last week of rehearsal I came to the theatre and was told by a fellow cast member that the young teenage son of my friend had just committed suicide. I saw how upset this young woman (his step-mother) was all night, and felt really bad myself, as I had watched the boy grow up with my own teenager. As a parent, I couldn't bear to think what it must feel like to lose your child, and when my friend came to pick his wife up that night, I hugged both of them silently. When I got home I thought about the prayer shawl ministry, and that night I began work on a large, long shawl of my own design. I worked every night in the green room of the theatre during the play's run. As I knit, I prayed for peace to come to this couple who were so saddened and shocked by this tragedy. At the end of the play I presented it to my friend and his wife, and explained it was for them to wrap themselves in and remember that the love of their friends was always there for them.

A few months ago, I ran into her and she said: "I want you to know that I sleep with your shawl every night." Apparently her husband and her had originally taken turns using it, but now she kept it on their bed each night for both to share. I was pleased to hear the shawl continued to bring peace to them.

I was inspired by this first shawl to begin work on 'blanket-sized' prayer shawls....actually afghans, for each of my own family let them also feel my love enfolding them whenever they feel low in spirit. My children thought it was a great idea, and are excited about receiving their own unique one. I think any knitted or hand-made article is a gift of love, and the prayer shawls we give to people are a way of passing on that love in a meaningful way. Shawls, and prayer shawls, have been around for many years in many cultures, and I think will never be a time when we don't need that comfort. I have sent prayer shawls to friends for their newborn infants as well, and love the whole concept of the prayer shawl ministry. I mention it to people whenever they comment on what I'm working on. It always gets a positive response.

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