The Joy of Giving Prayer ShawlsBy Tameko Barnette – 18 Comments
If you crochet, at some point, I’m sure you’ve heard of prayer shawls. The first time I ever heard of them was at the Unity Church I attended years ago.
Instantly, I was in love with this particular crochet creation. I realized right away that it wasn’t about religion; it was about spending time with an activity I love to share something nice with someone else. It was all about giving.
I encourage you to look up any type of shawl pattern you fancy and give it a try. Prayer shawls can be given for a variety of purposes – new baby, wedding, comfort, get well soon, peace, and much more.
The tradition with prayer shawls is to pray before starting the project and during the project. Now, if you do not pray, that’s okay.
You can write or type a nice positive quote or spiritual text and pin it to the prayer shawl when complete for the recipient. The possibilities are endless.
Here are a few ways you can experience the joy of giving prayer shawls:
1. Homeless shelters – there are so many people who need our love and comfort now more than ever. Giving a prayer shawl or several prayer shawls would not only keep them warm during cold nights, but let them know they are loved and cared for.
2. Children’s hospitals or Children’s programs – you can give prayer shawls to children as well. Especially, those chlidren who are sick or abused. Your comfort and support would be greatly appreciated.
3. Anytime gift – you can give prayer shawls at any time to anyone.
I’d also like to suggest starting your own prayer shawl ministry or group, where each person work on a prayer shawl and give all of them when complete to your favorite charity or family in the neighborhood.
Have you experienced the joy of giving a prayer shawl?
P.S. Here are some shawl patterns that we have on Crochet Spot if you need a pattern!
Crochet Pattern: Shamrock Shawlette
Crochet Pattern: Autumn Shawl
Crochet Pattern: Mi Amor Shawl
Crochet Pattern: The Yuet Shawl
Crochet Pattern: Striping Shells Shawl