Over the centuries, shawls have come to symbolize
shelter, peace and spiritual sustenance. Since the inception of the
Prayer Shawl Ministry in 1998, the members of this organization have
lovingly donated their time and talents by creating hand-knitted and
crocheted shawls, filled with the power of prayer, for those in
The blessing of the Prayer Shawl provides healing
and comfort to the sick, the lonely and the elderly, or shares in
the accomplishment of the graduate, newlywed, and newborn. Like all
acts of generosity, the presentation of a Prayer Shawl enriches the
giver as well as the recipient.
Card Download Instructions:
The designs are formatted for Avery Embossed Note Cards,
stock number 3268 (available at office supply stores and in the 'paper'
section of many general-merchandise stores.) You can also print
the card design on any good-quality paper that will work in your
To print both the cover and the inside of a card, start
by printing the cover. After printing, remove the page of cards
from the printer, turn it over and return it to the paper tray (upside
down -- read your printer instructions or experiment on blank paper!) to
print your message on the inside.
Please wear this shawl knowing that it was knit with
my sympathies for what you've been through as well as with my hopes
for your future happiness.
I send this shawl with the hope expressed by Frances Ellen Watkins
Harper that "the shadows bear the promise of a brighter coming
day." May your shadows soon turn bright.
This shawl was knitted with my deepest sympathy for what you have
lost, along with my most fervent hopes for a brighter tomorrow.
I send you this shawl as one member of the human family to another. I
am as grieved by your losses as if you were my sister. I am also full
of hope for your future -- may it bring you all that you need and more
May you wear this shawl to comfort you and keep you warm as you face
the future -- a future I hope will bring you security and happiness.
Please accept this shawl as the symbol of my sympathy and concern for
your troubles. May it keep you warm as you head into "a brighter
Like so many others in this country, I grieve for what you have been
through. I hope this shawl will warm you inside as well as out,
knowing that others care so much about you.
Express your sorrow or concern or sympathy for the
person's plight in a somewhat unemotional way. To talk too much
about how bad YOU feel minimizes the other person's feeling. It is
the other person's tragedy, not ours.
Mention the hopes for their future in some realistic
way. Things will probably NOT be made "all better" very
soon, but one can look forward.
Do not give any advice ("Be strong" or
"Keep your eyes on the future") or in any way tell or
suggest how the other person should cope.
Do not catastrophize. Although this has indeed been
a catastrophe, it does no good to say how truly dreadful things are;
the other person knows this.
Do not assume the other person shares your
philosophical or religious feelings. It is better to keep to general
feelings such as sympathy and concern.
Do not use clichés such as "Every cloud has a
silver lining" or "Everything has a purpose" or
"This was obviously meant to be." These are not comforting
to people in distress.