I want to thank everyone who has joined in with the creation of prayer shawls or come forward with offers of support. I've heard story after story, both from our members and others in the community, about how much such shawls have meant to them during times of trial or blessing. Each stitch is an act of prayerful thoughtfulness and an affirmation of caring for the one who will receive the shawl. This is beautifully illustrated in the following prayer:
Starting Prayer - © 2006 All rights reserved
by Darcy Horon -Siepman
Dear Lord, Bless these needles that they stay strong and light so they don't tire the hands that wield them;
Bless this yarn with strength and softness that it will form a cloth of warmth and comfort;
Bless these hands with strength and skill so they may make well crafted gifts;
Bless this heart with strength and perseverance so I will see this work through to bring comfort to those in need;
But most of all dear Lord, Bless the wearer of this cloth with strength and comfort that their burdens may be lightened and their hearts gladdened with the realization that they are loved.
As you go through your daily routine, please keep the following shawl recipients in your heart, and let your prayers enfold them like a warm embrace.
Isaac Michael Falk, son of Jennifer & Michael Falk, baptized on Jan. 21, 2007
Dayton Miller, son of Angela & Adam Miller, baptized on Jan. 28, 2007
Jim Stahlman, held up for prayers of health and healing on February 11, 2007
Shar Karnitz, held up for prayers of health and healing on February 11, 2007
Michelle Paul, held up for prayers of health and healing on February 11, 2007
Psalm 90:17 Let the favor of the Lord our God be upon us and confirm for us the work of our hands; yes, confirm the work of our hands.