"Shawls ... made for centuries universal and embracing,
symbolic of an inclusive, unconditionally loving, God.
They wrap, enfold, comfort, cover, give solace,
mother, hug, shelter and beautify.
Those who have received these shawls have been
uplifted and affirmed, as if given wings to
fly above their troubles..."
Written in 1998 by: Janet Bristow Copyright ©2012
The tears would not stop
Our family has suffered a huge loss
And I could do nothing about it
I sat, showered and breathed my grief
It was rolling over me
And then she came
Full of class
In her high-heels
Her arm drape over my shoulders and she said.
The biggest loss of her life
Her love is felt
And we love her
A hug is here for her
That our love for her
Is as fierce as her love for us.
And she handed me my knitting needles
Pink yarn and said,
I looked at it and said, “Pink, Grandma?”
She nodded and said, “Then she will know it is also a hug from me.”
Note: The above is a prayer shawl I knitted for my cousin, Cathy, along with a poem that tells the story of how it came about, Knitting her the shawl was a healing, freeing expression of love for my cousin. I made it from bamboo, so it will be as enduring as my love for her.
Ana, Once again, you touch us all deeply, with your beautiful words and soul. As the tears flow freely, I will look up prayer shawls and get out my needles. I think in some ways this may be why my mother's shawls that I inherited comfort me so when I wear them. THANK YOU xxxx
|1873 days ago|
Thank you Doreen! You can bet that every time you wrap yourself in your prayer shawl that you are also wrapping yourself in prayers just for you. so beautiful.
|1878 days ago|
My best friend wrapped a prayer shawl around me when my brother was killed. I know your cousin will feel your love for years to come. Beautiful words Ana, just beautiful. I am sad for your family's loss. I hope you are all blessed with loving memories.
|1879 days ago|
Elin, you make my heart sing. Thank you girl. Much love to you.
|1880 days ago|
Heidi, I have found so much healing in knitting. I didn't pick it up again until last year, and now I am a textile addict. Super thankful.
|1880 days ago|