There is a marvelous group of ladies at my church, St. Stephen Presbyterian Church in Fort Worth, Texas, who meet each week to knit prayer shawls for people in and related to our congregation. They take them to those who are bereaved, ill, or just basically in need of love and concern. I always thought that what they were doing was sweet, but maybe just a bit silly.
Last August, my partner passed away suddenly of a massive stroke. Both of us were very active in our church and St. Stephen was a great part of our lives. The day after Vern died, the Director of Christian Education delivered a prayer shawl to my home. I looked at it and then put it back into the bag, wondering what I was going to do with this somewhat small shawl. After all, I am a man, and a fairly big guy at that. The shawl stayed in the bag in a corner of our bedroom throughout the remainder of the summer and the fall.Read More »The Prayer Shawl