Prayer Shawls

Good morning one and all;

 

This morning I would like to talk to you about an outreach ministry that I would like us to participate in. “ A Prayer Shawl Ministry”. This is a powerful way to share the light and love of God with people in a variety of places and situations. It is just what the title suggests –  a Shawl. The difference between this and any other shawl is that it is created by people who, as they knit, say prayers of healing and hope, celebration and joy, for the person who will use it. It is amazing how this simple gift can bring light and hope into someone’s life. Over the years I have heard many stories and have had the privilege of seeing the effects of having such a shawl given. I have one, well actually I have a couple, that have been given to me over the years. I keep one in my office and on days when I need to feel the presence of God enfolding me and a community of love surrounding me I place it over my shoulders and there is a wonderful feeling. When our daughter Terri was in hospital with her son, Liam, their faith family brought in two prayer shawls – one for Terri and one for Liam. It was a reminder to Terri that she was not alone and as she wrapped herself in it she felt the power of God surrounding her. Liam’s was placed in his room with him and it was like surrounding him in prayer. When he died, it was very important for Terri and Brad that his prayer shawl go with him.

 

Celebrating 15 years in 2013!

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“Shawls … made for centuries universal and embracing,

symbolic of an inclusive, unconditionally loving, God.

They wrap, enfold, comfort, cover, give solace,

mother, hug, shelter and beautify.

Those who have received these shawls have been 

uplifted and affirmed, as if given wings to 

fly above their troubles…”

  Written in 1998 by: Janet Bristow Copyright ©2013

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Photo By: Shana Sureck – The Hartford Courant August 7, 2002

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