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The Journey of a Prayer Shawl
Created By: Sharon Woolery

In 2005 my friend, Nancy, was facing some health issues and I began to knit a prayer shawl for her. Before I got it finished she was better but her sister had become very ill. I told her that even though I began to knit it for her I really felt like it was her sister who needed it. She agreed and I mailed it to Delaware where her sister used it first. When her sister didn't need it any more Nancy brought it back to Oklahoma with her and wrapped herself in it for comfort as she mourned the loss of her sister. My granddaughter, Lauren, 8 years old, contracted Ecoli from a local restaurant and had the HUS complication with it. She was in the hospital a month and in ICU for 16 days. When Nancy came to see Lauren she brought the prayer shawl with her. I took it in with me and sat down by Lauren's bed. She asked me about it and I told her the story. Having only been off the ventilator for a couple of days she still had that deep hoarse gravelly voice and she asked me if she could try the shawl. Of course I was thrilled that she wanted to use it. I helped her sit up and wrapped it around her neck and shoulders. When her mother, Jane, came back in Lauren was sound asleep wrapped in the shawl. Over the next two weeks Lauren used the shawl many times and it went home with her. A few days later Jane tried to give the shawl back to me and I said no that it was Lauren's. Lauren gave me a big smile. Nancy, after hearing how Lauren responded, wrote a poem regarding the prayer shawl. Here’s her poem:

The Prayer Shawl



As the yarn was made..some time ago......

It knew whose hands would make it sing........

It knew the song going up and down the needle......

Before the colors came together.......



Fingers moving with a purpose and a prayer.........

It knew whose flesh it would warm when nothing else could....

It knew how to fold into the sharp bones of one who hurt...........

Before the colors came together..........





Time for the second one to be comforted........

It knew who would be next to slip into its softness............

It knew how to calm the heart of one baby sister..........

Before the colors came together........



Prayer shawls don't stay idle for long.....

It knew it would be taken to another.......

It knew who would share with a child so precious......

Before the colors came together......



As the yarn was made, some time ago.......

It knew whose hands would make it sing.......

As she wrapped it around her granddaughter........

Before the colors came together..........njmn...2008



I had no idea when I knitted the prayer shawl that it would comfort my very ill granddaughter. She's home now and doing well and we praise God for that.







 
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