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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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Hospice Prayer Shawls

As I was searching the internet, I came upon your site with the patterns on making prayer shawls. I work in a Dental Office and one of my patients is a Luthern minister. She has recently started working for Hospice and I gave her one of the shawls. With the work she does, she needs prayer. She told me she felt lead to give hers away, but liked it so well, she didn't want to. I told her I could make more. I have made 50 shawls using the Homespun yarn. They are beautiful! I am enclosing letters the minister has sent me.

1st Letter:

Dear Joan, each and every shawl is beautiful. I will gladly come by the office to pick them up if that is something helpful to you, but I don't need to pick colors because I love them all. You can't imagine how precious these shawls are to the patients. I often come in and find the patients resting in bed with their shawl stretched over them like an afghan. They LOVE them! Then, their non-hospice roommates hint that they would like one. I confess, I have shared a few with them.

Blessings, my friend. You make a difference ... just as our Lord expects! Love, Bethany

2nd Letter:

Dear Joan -- Thank you for your email.

Our Volunteer Director is not always prompt, but she will call you eventually. She was very excited about the shawls. I took one in to show her, and she was so impressed. I gave one to a woman this past week and she was so touched. She has morning devotional prayers and evening prayers, and she is a "skinny" woman -- always a bit chilled. She was to thrilled to receive such a beautiful gift. She plans to wrap herself in the shawl twice a day for prayer. My other lady that greets me in her shawl wears hers all day long. I also visited her this week and she had the orange shawl on the entire visit. She tells me she feels like God is wrapping His arms around her at all times. I tell her, "God is!"

Thank you for your kind words of support. You and I will be partners in this ministry. God gives us each talents and gifts. I CANNOT be relaxed and patient enough to crochet one row. I can sit quietly and calmly beside a dying patient. I am continuously amazed at how God puts each of us to good use!

Thank you, Joan, for your loving heart, and expressions of care for God's people through your shawl ministry. I so respect you and your faith. I trust that our Lord will continue to bless and keep you ... for there is much to be done in His name.

Blessings -- Bethany

3rd Letter

Dear Joan -- I just had to write to tell you this story. Today, I was revisiting a woman I had given a shawl to about one month ago. She is a morning and evening prayer. Her faith is such a powerful dimension of her life. When I arrived, she told me -- "Bethany, it is the funniest thing. I told my daughter that immediately when I put my prayer shawl on, I feel a surge of heat and warmth -- not the kind of warmth that comes slowly when you are overdressed -- something instantly -- something I can't explain. It happens every time. I believe it is God's love!" I just smiled and nodded "yes, I believe it is God's love."

Isn't that powerful? She has lung cancer and is on oxygen. She relies on her faith to draw every breath. She is so precious. So know that your ministry will provide far reaching comfort for many precious people.

Thank you again for all that you do. Blessings -- Bethany

Bethany thought it would be great to do this on a national Hospice level.

Thank you so much, for putting this information on line.

Joan Marbais
Columbus, Ohio

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