Kindness with Every Stitch
Prayer shawls are blessings of community, kindness, comfort, and compassion, stitched with prayer and gifted to those who are struggling with illness, pain, anxiety, depression, loneliness, loss, or grief – a gift to the maker and the receiver.
Prayer shawls are blessings of community, kindness, comfort, and compassion, stitched with prayer and gifted to those who are struggling with illness, pain, anxiety, depression, loneliness, loss, or grief, as well as those who are hospitalized, recovering from surgery, or facing prolonged treatments.
WHAT IS A PRAYER SHAWL?
Prayer Shawls are knitted, crocheted, woven, quilted, or machine-stitched shawls that vary in size, shape, color, and pattern, and are infused with prayer as a comforting reminder that God loves each of us completely and that He is with us always.
As the shawls are stitched, the makers pray for the one who will receive the gift of their hands – a precious gift of the Body of Christ on earth.
BENEFITS OF MAKING PRAYER SHAWLS
Galatians 6:10 reminds us to “do good to all people.” All people includes each of us. Did you know that prayer shawls benefit their makers too?
Studies have shown that knitting and crocheting:
- reduce anxiety and depression
- lower blood pressure
- reduce chronic pain
- slow the onset of dementia
- relieve stress
- reduce loneliness and isolation
- are a Refocusing Tool for those with Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
- improve creativity
- enhance wellness
PRAYER TO BEGIN A SHAWL
Lord, as I stitch this shawl, I pray you will infuse my hands with hope, my heart with compassion, my thoughts with kindness, and my spirit with thoughtful care, so that with every stitch, Your abiding love is steeped into this shawl. May it be a blessing to the one who will receive it. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
PRAYER FOR A COMPLETED SHAWL
Lord, I pray this shawl will be a gift of hope, comfort, and peace, a blessing of kindness and community, and a tangible reminder of Your abiding presence.
THE PRAYER SHAWL – A POEM
By Jill Jennings
It’s just a ball of purple yarn
Yet entwined in each loop are
wishes, hopes, prayers.
And if you look closely you can see
a great cloud of witnesses
arranged as arms and shoulders
ready to enfold you
and wipe away each tear.
Feel our love.
Feel His presence,
All in a wisp of wool.
JILL JENNINGS has three full-length books in print: The Poetry Alarm Clock which features The Prayer Shawl; Dead Man’s Flower and Pineapple Wine: Poems of Maui. Her work appears in The Atlanta Review; Oberon Poetry Magazine; Reach of Song; Encore; Calamari; and Please See Me. A retired teacher from Georgia, Jill lives in Fort Myers, Florida. Follow her at www.jilljennings.org
Joylin Shawl Pattern
Knit in rhythmic garter stitch, the Joylin pattern allows you to relax, think and meditate.
Hope Whispers Prayer Shawl
Cochet, pray, and listen to the whispers of hope.
Dancing Diamonds Face Cloth
Using just four basic stitches, you can crochet this lovely face cloth in about an hour.
Cheerful Carousel Face Cloth
Crocheted in the round, this easy face cloth takes less than an hour of your time.
Donate a Prayer Shawl
Stitch a Gift of Kindness
Mail your completed Prayer Shawl with your PRINTABLE Gift form containing your name, address, email, and if desired, a short prayer for the recipient. We’ll include your shawl and prayer in a Kindness Box for someone who needs a ray of hope.
1015 Lemira Circle
Waukesha, WI 53188
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Emily is an avid knitter and designer, who loves natural fibers, cardigans, and anything sparkly!
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