May divine grace be upon this shawl...
Warming, comforting, enfolding and embracing.
May this mantle be a safe haven...
A sacred place of security and well-being...
Sustaining and embracing...
In good times, as well as difficult ones.
May the one who receives this shawl
Be cradled in hope, kept in joy,
Graced with peace,
And wrapped in love.
-Janet Bristow (adapted)
The shawls we make are given away to mark births, deaths, illnesses, life transitions, in celebration, in recognition...in other words, these shawls spread love out into the world. Each shawl is documented with a page to describe the yarn used, the pattern, who made it and who it was given to and these pages are collected in loose leaf notebooks.
I was honored with one of these shawls when I went in for my surgeries two years ago. I felt the blessings of my women friends, wrapped about my shoulders, especially in the middle of the night, when I felt most challenged in my medical adventure. The doctors and nurses who worked with me were intrigued by my shawl.
I have been away from this circle of women for a while. I am feeling that I would like to find my way back to them. I finished the two shawls in the photo above within the past few months. They need to be wrapped up and tucked away in the closet at church, awaiting the next person who might appreciate their warmth, both physical and spiritual.
Check here for a lovely book about prayer shawls.
And here to find out more about shawl ministry.
(I want to remind readers that I don't think spirituality depends on religion and churches, temples or other houses of worship. And I am not married to the word "prayer". All of that stuff is so personal. I just think it's important to live intentionally.)