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a hug for a military wife
Created By: Catherine Hollingsworth

I was very intrigued by the book and the buzz it generated, but it wasn't until we began the Ministry that I really appreciated how it allowed me to create a fiber "hug" and a prayer for those I love.

The first shawl I made was for my young Grandaughter. A young mother at only 22, she was also a military wife and her husband was deployed to Iraq. I could relate in so many ways, because I, too, was a young military wife with a newborn when my husband was in Viet Nam in 1969. Not only could I give her something to comfort her, I could let her know that when she wore the prayer shawl I was praying for her and hugging her. I hoped it would comfort her on those long nights when she felt so alone.

My second shawl was for my parents. I live so far away from them that I couldn't be there when they were both facing serious surgery. So, I sat down and knitted a shawl in the healing color of green. I sent it to them with a note that they were to share it and know that I was there with them, praying for their healing and giving them a hug. It made all of us feel connected in such a special way, and I knew that the energy I had knitted into the shawl was a special way I could let them know that I was really there for them, if not in person, then in prayer.

This ministry continues to grow, and the interest never seems to die out.I know that the people who do needle work know that they have a special way of giving, praying and creating through this wonderful ministry.

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