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Caring and Sharing

While so many of us love making things for ourselves and our families, many in the Lion community go further, creating for those in need. Join us in this section and be touched by these true stories of caring and sharing submitted by Lion Brand readers.

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Comfort in Cloth

One of the knitting magazines my mom gave to me for a Christmas present had an article about the Shawl Ministry. Praying while making a shawl for someone sounded like a perfect ministry for me. I have always thought about the recipient of my projects while making them, this would take the projects to another level. Using Homespun in Covered Bridge Red I have made 2 prayer shawls so far, with another in the process in turquoise. With each of the shawls I added a card explaining what the shawl was for and what it represented. It felt good making them. I prayed more for the recipients and their families than I normally would. I didn't realize what this would mean to the people who received them until 2-3 days after having one delivered.

The woman called me early in the morning, crying, thanking me for the shawl and explaining how it made her feel. She told me she sleeps with it every night. I didn't realize how powerful a tangible reminder of people's prayers can be to someone who is so sick she can't leave her home. My hope is that this will expand in my church. So far, one of my friends has taught herself to crochet so she can make prayer shawls for other people.

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