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Prayer Shawl Ministry

The Prayer Shawl Ministry is an inspiring movement of people who gather to pray and knit or crochet for those in need. The ministry’s sole purpose is to give away the shawls they create -- shawls they hope will literally wrap recipients in prayer. For more information about prayer shawls, search the term 'prayer shawl' on the Internet, visit or click here for an overview of crafting as a spiritual movement

The Color of Love

I purchased the book, Knitting into the Mystery, at the Northwest District Fall Rally of United Methodist Women of North Dakota in September. I've been knitting since I was 10 years old when my mother taught me how.

I read through the book, and I knew that this was one ministry that I would definitely take part in. My first shawl was made from Lion Brand Homespun in a soft blue color, and that one went to a widow along with the blessing prayer I wrote out on pretty paper. She later told me that she sleeps with it draped over her at night!

The second shawl I knew was to go to my youngest daughter, so I used one strand of orange yarn (her favorite color) and strand of various hues and colors to create a rainbow of colors. The orange represents God, who is a constancy, and the various colors are dark, light, and medium shades to represent the various circumstances and trials life brings us. I made no attempt to hide the knots; they represent coming to the end of some things in life only to find a new and better way, a different "color". My daughter takes this shawl to work ... and her co-workers borrow it when they feel the need for a hug and a prayer!

The third shawl was knit from a yellow yarn which also had spots of various colors. This was also a double-stranded shawl, and this one will go to a friend who recently lost her mother. I will write out a blessing prayer to give as well.

Just started my fourth shawl of moss green Wool-Ease and this one is intended for a woman who lost her 37-year-old son. It will be completed next week, for I want to give it to her on the one-month anniversary of his death.

I enjoy knitting, have taught knitting classes, and am looking for a few women to share this ministry with. I encourage any knitter to invest a few dollars in yarn, use up any yarn you have, pray as you knit your shawl, and feel blessed as they give their labor of love to brighten someone's life.

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Click here to download the free pattern to crochet or knit a prayer shawl
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