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I think sometimes we wonder if our prayer shawls...
Created By: N Nora

I think sometimes we wonder if our prayer shawls provide the comfort and peace that we hope that they do. I believe that prayer shawls are a holy work, and the many hours of knitting and praying make the shawls truly a special gift for a person that is hurting. Shawls can also elevate the joy of especially happy times, such as in the birth of a new baby.



I recently gave a shawl to a young mother who lost a full term baby at birth. I also gave one to the grandmother, who was a personal friend of mine. Needless to say, the whole family was devastated at the unexpected loss of their child. This sadness was especially close to my heart because I also had just become a new grandmother, and knew the joy of a new baby. As small a gesture as it was, I prayed that some comfort and closeness to God would come from the shawls.



I received a wonderful note from the grandmother a few weeks after the burial of the baby that reinforced the belief that prayer shawls can be a holy work. The note said that the shawls were kept close by at all times and frequently used for comfort and prayer. (Isn't that what we all hope for?) But this is the part that really moves me. The young mother did not have a coat for the funeral and chose to wear her prayer shawl to the funeral because it made her feel closer to God. Thank you God for allowing me to be a small amount of comfort to these lovely women.



So, I hope this story will encourage others to keep on knitting and praying, as I think that prayer shawls can provide an immense amount of good for the recipients. Go with God, Nora


 
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