I haven't written in a few days because I've been working away on a project for a dear friend in my Tuesday morning bible study. Gloria is one of the wonderful Christian women that God has brought into my life recently. She was diagnosed with Ovarian cancer a little over a year ago and while it went into remission, it's now come back, and so she's started another round of chemotherapy.
God has put her on my heart so much over the last couple weeks, that I really felt God's pull to "do" something. I found some information online about a prayer shawl ministry, and knew that that was it. I started this shawl for her in prayer, knit it while praying for her and said a final prayer over it and her once it was complete. My bible study group and I had the joy of giving it to her today before we started, along with a handmade card that we all signed.
Written in the card was this: "May God's 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. Blessed Be!" My prayer is that God will heal this loving child of His, and give her many more years to bless others as she's blessed me.
If you'd like more information on prayer shawl ministries, you can visit: http://www.shawlministry.com/.


Anonymous said...

How beautiful! What a great way to show how you care for a person. Gloria will be in my prayers.

Janelle said...

Thank you for your prayers, I know they're much appreciated!

The Jackson Family said...

What a beautiful ministry! I've done that while crocheting an afghan for a wedding or baby shower or friend-- pray for the new couple or the baby or the friend as I stitch-- but I've never put such a beautiful blessing with it! Thank you for the resource. I'll take advantage of it!

Gloria sounds like a beautiful woman (reminds me of your mother and how much she has meant to me). I'll say a prayer for her today.

Jules said...

What a nice thing to do! I will pray also! She sounds so sweet!

gLORIous said...

What a beautiful gift! Janelle, that was so thoughtful of you to do! That's a gift that will bring comfort to Gloria as well a flood of other wonderful feelings! I know God will use this shawl to give her encouragement, comfort and peace!