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Knit one, pray too: Shawls crafted with love

on February 27, 2016 10:53 AM
Brush Valley, PA

BRUSH VALLEY — A long-distance phone conversation between two friends planted a seed that blossomed into a quiet, yet powerful, ministry at a local church.

In the past nine years, more than 1,000 prayer shawls have been made and given to individuals in the community, as well as all over the United States.

This God-driven and prayer-centered ministry uses the hands of a small group of ladies at the Brush Valley United Methodist Church.

These ladies combine the simple acts of knitting and crocheting with praying.

As a shawl is made, prayers are said for the person who will receive it.

Shawls are made for those celebrating a joyous occasion and for those facing challenges in life.

Besides giving shawls to specific individuals, shawls have been given to oncology centers, imaging centers, hospice facilities, senior care facilities, rehabilitation hospitals, visiting nursing agencies and advocacy groups.

This ministry is made possible only because of donations of yarn and donations of money to purchase yarn.

Frequent feedback over the years has shown that each shawl is tangible evidence of prayer and of God’s love. Being wrapped in a shawl can even feel like getting a loving hug from God, while feeling his comfort, his peace, his strength and his power.

Hanging on to the shawl can be the lifeline to feel God’s touch when it is needed the most.

The number of shawls made and given can be counted.

However, there is no way to know how many lives have been touched by each shawl.

It is like a stone thrown into a pool of water. The ripples continue out and are far-reaching.

Each shawl makes a difference for the recipient, their family and friends, onlookers, and also for those making the shawls.

It is very humbling to know that hands, prayers and efforts really do make a difference.

Ministering to individuals does not have to involve being big and flashy, moving mountains, or going to the ends of the earth. For this ministry, it is done one prayer shawl at a time.

PHOTO: Shown with the prayer shawls are, from left, Wilma Russell, Vickie Radebach, Elaine Crooks, Peggy Robinson, Sheri Truitt, Helen Mitchell and Sally Hampton. (Submitted photo)

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