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Coming Full Circle

When I was a young girl, my mom tried to teach me to crochet. I caught on pretty quickly but no matter how much I wanted that swatch to be a square pot holder I somehow ended up with a triangle. I eventually gave up figuring I would never get it. Then almost six years ago, when the 'I taught Myself...' books starting coming out I decided to give crochet a second shot. It was all up hill from there. I remembered what my mom had taught me and even taught myself some new things. I soon became a better crocheter than my mom.

Then one day near Christmas I was at a local church, accepting help with my Christmas shopping for my two boys, I saw a pamphlet for that church's prayer shawl ministry. I brought the pamphlet home simpling thinking it was great I had a new pattern to try out. Two weeks later I saw your prayer shawl ministry book and despite not having much money I ordered the book just feeling deep down that I couldn't let it pass by me.

Something touched me so that I took the idea of the prayer shawl to my church, thinking really only then that it would help unite the church once again...the older members with the younger ones. Much to my surprise the prayer shawl was taken to heart and completely embraced by my church and even members of the surrounding community who had family members in the church. Last year the Janesville United Methodist Church in Janesville, Iowa....a little farming community, passed out 90 prayer shawls for adults, 15 for children, 10 baby blankets and layettes and numerous infant caps to a local hospital. I never in my wildest dreams imagine that the prayer shawl ministry would take on a life of its own, but that is what it has done. Every day new shawls appear to the point we have shawls stored in pretty much every nook and crany we can find, just waiting for someone to give them too.

The title though comes from the fact that last September my dad's mom passed away. The shawl I had made for her was given back to me, but also the church gave every member of my family a shawl. Who could have guessed that one day, the ministry I help start would be the same one that would embrance me and my family during our loss.

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