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I cannot knit, crochet, weave, or sew love into a shawl, but I can knit, crochet, weave, and sew with love. I can’t cure a heartache, take away pain, solve a problem, eliminate stress, return innocence by crafting a shawl, but I can let others know they are not alone with their heartaches, pain, problems, stress and remorse. A shawl cannot contain a prayer, but a shawl can symbolize prayers said before, during, and after creating by the creator. I cannot keep others from the feeling the coldness of being alone, but I can give them the warmth of an embrace with a shawl.
That is what I want to do – all the I cans.
When prayer shawls are created, there is no part of it that remains untouched. The knitters and crocheters touch every fraction of the yarn as it passes through their hands. It becomes the tangible evidence of prayer in the life of someone, a gift of comfort to the recipient and a blessing to the designer.
I’ve included a link for the crochet pattern of the Awareness Ribbon prayer shawl for anyone interested in crafting a blessing for others as well as themselves. This pattern is free and to honor it’s meaning it must never be used to make shawls to be sold.
Survivor's Awareness Ribbon Prayer Shawl
I have set a goal to make at least 26 prayer shawls, one for each of the victims of the tragedy of Sandy Hook Elementary School. I have requested others to help in this endeavor and if more than 26 shawls are received that would be wonderful to include community members and the survivors as recipients of our prayers as well.
Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth…Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid. John 14:27
- Prayer Shawl Ministry - A Gift of Peace
I have been knitting and crocheting prayer shawls for several years. I started when our church started a Prayer Shawl Ministry. There is nothing really complicated in making shawls many are without intricate patterns and made using basic knit and...