I first heard about Prayer Shawls from a post in one of my online knitting groups. I was curious about what is that “Prayer Shawl,” and what about the history of the prayer shawl? I started researching online and was surprised to find that the making of this shawl isn’t limited to knitting. There are Crocheted and woven versions; there is also a sewn version. Another thing that surprised me was that the use and making of a prayer shawl is not limited to a specific religion, it surpasses the boundaries of religion. It seems that every religion has some sort of history of a prayer shawl. The prayer shawl ministry history is very touching and interesting. Making a prayer shawl is done for many reasons. It is often made for a friend who is going through a medical crisis or when there was a loss in the family. I think it is a wonderful tradition and endeavor. I was impressed by the many groups around the Globe that have Prayer Shawl Ministries. The authors Janet E. Bristow and Victoria A. Cole-Galo of “The Prayer Shawl Journal and Guidebook” give suggestions how to start your own group.
If you are interested in learning more about the prayer shawl ministry, I found a video on YouTube https://youtu.be/W302tI3P1bc that I recommend to anyone who is interested in learning more about prayer shawls. These ladies Janet E. Bristow and Victoria A. Cole-Galo are Co-Authors of several books on prayer shawls. I found the “The Prayer Shawl Journal and Guidebook” on Amazon used and may order it. Here it is on Goodreads and you can see more about the authors https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18143259-the-prayer-shawl-journal-and-guidebook. Also check out their website “The Prayer Shawl Ministry” https://www.shawlministry.com/
The picture is from http://www.shawlministry.com/photos.htm click on link to see more pictures and read about each contributor.
If you start a prayer shawl ministry or join one in your area I’d love to hear about it.