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Naomi’s Table: A Ministry for Widows
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again. Let me share just one inci- to make a shawl, to please do so. Since last May when we met for dent where I know His hand was We would then have them on our our first Naomi’s Table gathering, there. This is what I told the ladies resource table, ready and waiting we have grown to twenty-two for our next member. When two at our June meeting: members. “God wanted you each to have a women were added to our list this In July, Gail Eggiman, the founprayer shawl. When I mailed out month, I started knitting faster der of Naomi’s Table came to meet the first letters in May there were and faster, knowing there was no us. She told us her story and the 16 on the list. I prayed for 10 la- way that I could get two shawls beginnings of Naomi’s Table. She dies to come, believing that eight done. Last Sunday morning, Teri told of her amazing relationship would, and mak- came to me before service and she with God and how “I find Naomi’s Table very ing eight prayer said, ‘I have two shawls made, do He has guided her was a you want them?” I told her she through her heal- comforting. Being with people shawls ing, her spiritual who know exactly what I am manageable goal. was an answer to prayer—in my When eight re- mind I said: “Boy do I!!!” God growth, and even going through is very imporhow He directed tant. It makes it easier know- sponded I gave wants you to have a prayer shawl, the beginning of ing that what I am experienc- thanks to God for can anything be clearer? God loves ing is completely normal. It answering my you, God knows your pain, God Naomi’s Table. reinforces that there is nothing prayer. When ten knows your fears and God knows In August wrong with me or how I am responded I gave the comfort of a shawl wrapped JoAnne Decker dealing with my grief.” CH thanks for the around your shoulders, one that from the Departabundance. When was prayed for while being knitment of Youth and sixteen responded, I allowed my- ted, each stitch is covered in Aging told us of the many areas of self a mini breakdown and then prayer. Even just holding your help that are available through asked for help. Prayer shawls were shawl gives you comfort. I know the county and state services. She made by friends in this church, because that is what I do with came bearing gifts and that is almine—just hold it and our friends ways nice! Benefits available are and feel the peace f r o m S t . everything from Call-A-Bus, to a “When I joined Naomi’s Tathat was prayed A u g u s t i n e ’ s ble. My husband had passed weatherization program that prointo it. And to Catholic Church vides help with faulty furnaces, away two months before. I Prayer Shawl thought I was strong, and then make one more and adding insulation and repairs thing perfectly Ministry gave us related to energy savings. She cerfelt guilty that I wasn’t. clear—it was never six, and we re- Naomi’s Table has given me tainly provided us with a lot of only MY hearts ceived shawls new friendships. They listen to information, but also the assurfrom Gulf Breeze me and do not judge me. They desire for you to ance that this Department is just UMC in Florida! do not tell me to be strong, but have the shawl. If waiting for our phone call so they God provided a that it is okay to feel sad, cry that were the case can be of help. shawl for every or any other emotions I might none of you would In October a speaker from Hope It is woman that came have. They help to pick me up. have one. for the Bereaved will help us preGod’s hearts desire to that first meet- I am blessed to be able to be a pare for the holidays. ing, and a shawl part of Naomi’s Table. I know for each of you to God’s covering on this ministry have a shawl. He for every woman now each day will get a little has been an overwhelming journey made it happen, who expressed for me. Beginning with the visit easier through the help of not me.” interest but is to the Gulf Breeze United MethodNaomi’s Table.” TM God has touched unable to attend ist Church in Florida where I first the hearts of our our meetings. discovered Naomi’s Table, God CCUMC friends to continue knitAt our first gathering, I told you never allowed me to let go of this ting and crocheting prayer shawls that it is my hearts desire for ministry. Every fear, every uncerfor Naomi’s Table. His blessings every woman who comes to tainty in my being was conquered. continue to cover Naomi’s Table, Naomi’s Table to receive a gift of a He has a heart for the widow and and my overwhelming journey also shawl, and asked those who either her challenges. His love for us has continues. knitted or crocheted and felt called been shown to me again and
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