Over the centuries, shawls have come to symbolize shelter, peace and spiritual sustenance. In 1998 two graduates of The Heartford Seminary started a prayer shawl ministry. The members of this ministry have donated their time and talents by creating hand knitted/croched shawls that are filled with the power of prayer for those in need.
The blessing of the Prayer Shawl provides healing and comfort to the sick, the lonely and the elderly, or shares in the accomplishment of the graduate, newlywed, and newborn. Like all acts of generosity, the presentation of a Prayer Shawl enriches the giver as well as the recipient.
I began my first prayer shawl for my "secret sister" at our local church. The idea behind knitting or crocheting a prayer shall is that each shawl begins with prayers/thoughts for the recipient and continues throughout the creation of the shawl. Many blessings are knitted/crocheted into the shawls and then passed on to the recipent along with a card or poem. You can make your shawl personal by knitting or crocheting beads or charms into the shawl. The colour of the shawl also has meaning too. For my secret sister I crocheted the Sea shell wrap (a free pattern at Lionsbrand.com.) in blue. Blue means water, healing, meditation, tranquility, honesty, loyalty, communication, peace, sincerity, wisdom, spirituality, faith, self-esteem, cool and calming.
What is a secret sister ? Secret Sisters are typically promoted through a common group, such as a church, work or social group. The women are paired up secretly and swap unexpected gifts, cards, poems or prayers, encouraging one another until the big reveal. Our secret sister program has come to a close and I will be giving my secret sister her shawl at our "revealing" luncheon soon.