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Prayer Shawls One episode of Call The Midwife witnessed a miracle of answered prayer and saw a prayer blanket in action. I have knitted prayer shawls for years. I have given and been given them. The point of a prayer shawl is to knit it with someone else in mind and to pray meditatively for that person every time you pick up your needles. Shawls are easy to knit: the basic purl 3 kit 3 makes a lovely stretchy basket weave that folds itself around you beautifully.

The power of a prayer shawl is not the shawl, it’s the love and prayers that have gone into the shawl during its making. The gift of a shawl says, “I want you to feel enfolded and wrapped up in the love of God” or “I have knitted into every stitch a desire for your healing or blessing. Sometimes love, silence and knitting in the presence of God is all that is necessary. I have knitted my way through some testing experiences. The shawl I wear at the moment represents my son’s gap year and all the prayers that followed him round the globe. (For him, I moved on to a prayer jumper and now a prayer beanie hat). Sheila Bridge, vicar of St Peter and St John, Rugby

From “Country Way” www.countryway.org.uk

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April Outlook 2016  

The monthly magazine of the Sodbury Vale Benefice of churches

April Outlook 2016  

The monthly magazine of the Sodbury Vale Benefice of churches

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