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…”
Whether they are called Prayer Shawls, Comfort Shawls, Peace Shawls, or Mantles, etc., the shawl maker begins with prayers and blessings for the recipient. The intentions are continued throughout the creation of the shawl. Upon completion, a final blessing is offered before the shawl is sent on its way. Some recipients have continued the kindness by making a shawl and passing it onto someone in need. Thus, the blessing ripples from person-to-person, with both the giver and receiver feeling the unconditional embrace of a sheltering, mothering God!
Many groups that I have been involved with, have taken up the challenge of knitting prayer shawls. They are given out to people in the community, free of charge.
Shawls can be used and given for people undergoing medical procedures; mental health crisis; as a comfort after a loss or in times of stress; during bereavement; prayer or meditation; commitment or marriage ceremonies; birthing, nursing a baby; a wedding gift; leading ritual; during an illness and recovery; ministering to others; graduation, birthday, anniversary, ordination, holiday gifts; or just socializing…there are endless possibilities!
In the last five years, we have distributed over 50 shawls, knitted by men, women and children. We hope and pray that the recipients will feel the warmth of God’s love around them and feel treasured. If you have not thought about doing this , then please consider it.. it is a very practical and symbolic act to illustrate God’s love for us.
God who wraps us with love
Enfold us in your embrace,
So we may nestle our wounded spirit,
Within this garment of healing.