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Healing Love Sets You Free


"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



Over death

Sadness overwhelmed

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


Ever feminine

Full of class

In her high-heels

Her arm drape over my shoulders and she said.

Show her.”



Fiercely loving




Was hurting

The biggest loss of her life


Show her

Her love is felt

And we love her


Show her

A hug is here for her



Show 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,

Show her.”


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 Lewis

AnaLewis · 2538 days ago
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  •  Marta: 
    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
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  •  AnaLewis: 
    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.
     2535 days ago 
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  •  doreenb8: 
    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.
     2537 days ago 
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  •  AnaLewis: 
    Elin, you make my heart sing. Thank you girl. Much love to you.
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  •  AnaLewis: 
    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.
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