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Follow Your Heart

My prayer shawl ministry is really a personal project that I undertake when and as the spirit moves me. My husband and I have moved around the country fairly often, and so it's sometimes hard to develop a special connection with people. Through the prayer shawl ministry, however, I've found a way to touch people's lives in a meaningful way. Usually I begin working on a shawl for a particular person when I begin to feel that they "need a hug". Sometimes I know there is a joy or sorrow for that person, but on several occasions I've felt the urge to begin working and only later realized who the shawl was for. What follows is my favorite story of this type of experience.

My family was packing up the car to drive from Texas to Indiana for a family reuinion. I like to take a project along to work in the car during the long hours of riding, and as I tried to decide what to bring I found myself drawn toward an interesting shawl pattern I'd been wanting to try. I didn't really want to take such a bulky project on a long summer car trip, but nothing else appealed to me so at the last minute I grabbed the pattern, needles, and a spare shopping bag to stuff with all that yarn (Lion Brand Homespun by the way!). Hour after hour I worked until the pattern became automatic. By the time we reached the reunion I had better than half of the afghan-sized ruana completed.

Soon after arriving, as everyone was catching up on each other's news, I learned that my cousin Debra had just found out she had breast cancer, and would be going into treatment soon after the get-together. Suddenly I knew who the shawl was for, and that I had a lot of work to do in only a few days! I worked as others sang, watched fireworks, chatting about kids and careers. Everyone commented on the shawl, but I just kept working.

Finally it was done and I prepared to give it to Debra. I usually write a note sharing my feelings about the shawl ministry and why I am giving the shawl to someone, but I didn't have a card or wrapping paper to tuck around the shawl. All I had was the tattered plastic shopping I decided to just put it in and tell her the story myself.

Then, as I slid the folded shawl into the bag, I finally saw what I'd missed before. The bag was stamped with the name of the store it originally came from, grabbed at random from a stash at home as I rushed to pack. There was only one word in large, bright pink letters: DEB.

My cousin was surprised and touched by the gift. Better still, her treatment was successful and she is now a breat cancer survivor of several years. And she says that the shawl is still there in her home, ready with a "hug" of encouragement and reminders of prayers and good wishes wrapped into the thousands of stitches.

You see, I believe we gain as much as we give from projects like the shawl ministry. My cousin appreciated the love and support the shawl represented, not just from me, but from all the people who watched it coming into being. I was both amazed and reassured, as I was reminded yet again that there is someone who knows our needs long before we do. Listen to your heart, and follow its lead.

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