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Prayer Shawls...A Circle of Love
Created By: Beverly Fleming

Shortly after our Prayer Shawl Ministry began at Metropolitan Memorial United Methodist Church in the fall of 2006, we presented a shawl to Phyllis Kindley, 102 years young, one of our members living at Asbury Methodist Village in Gaithersburg, Maryland. Phyllis had been a very active member of our church for 58 years, working endlessly with the annual church bazaars and many other activities of the United Methodist Women.



While visiting from California, Phyllis’ daughter, Sarah Young, enjoyed hearing her mother tell of her gift from “my church.” Sarah remembered her mother’s keen interest in knitting and recalled Phyllis’ “busy needles” clicking away both at home and in the car as the family enjoyed vacations.



As mother and daughter visits continued, Phyllis expressed a desire to knit again and to create a prayer shawl for the Ministry. So, Sarah went shopping for yarn and needles and the quest began. Sarah attended Prayer Shawl meetings at our church whenever she was in town visiting her mother and shared news of the progress on “their shawl” and the joy of working with her mother on this shared treasure.



The beautiful completed prayer shawl in colors of deep purple and red was completed just prior to Phyllis’ death in January of this year while Sarah was visiting from California. She brought the completed shawl to our next meeting and, after thoughtful prayer, asked that the shawl be presented to her mothers’ beloved friend, Bess Jones, who for many, many years shared Christian fellowship and love in their numerous church activities. These dear friends remained in contact with each other until Phyllis’ death. In fact, they were together for lunch at our annual bazaar in November of last year at which time they revisited the church kitchen and relived their many, many days of preparing meals together.



And so, our Prayer Shawl Ministry continues to radiate joy and His love into so many lives, across our country, and even across the oceans. Softly folded, colorful prayer shawls, gently placed on shoulders, comfort and remind all that God is always with us.



 
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