Prayer Works

We all say it when someone needs our help. “We will pray for you.” ”Sending our Prayers.” That seems to work, and most of the time we never know if the prayer actually does work. One thing we do know is that Prayer Shawls work.

At North Main Street United Methodist Church we have a Prayer Shawl Ministry that makes these beautiful hand made shawls. Several people have knitted or crocheted prayer shawls of all kinds and colors over the years. They are beautiful and some have one main color and others are muti-colored. It all depends on what they in yarn on hand when they start.

As they knit or crochet, they pray over the stitches in each shawl. The prayers are for the one who will receive it and it also brings peace to the one who is making it. A note is attached to each prayer shawl stating that the shawl was made especially for the person it is given to.

Before the shawls are delivered to the recipient, the entire congregation at North Main blesses the shawl and prayers for the person who will be receiving it.

They are meant to bring peace, comfort and healing. Sometimes they are given in joy to someone for a newborn baby or for a wedding or other celebration.

Several weeks ago, three shawls were given out during the Sunday service. I have personally delivered 20 shawls in the last six months.

We have had many people even take them to the hospital with them. They are recognized for the healing powers they seem to have. Many people tell us, the prayer shawl works, not just for healing but also for warmth and comfort.

From Mathew’s Gospel 6:6 comes this — “But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.”

We will never know for sure if we are rewarded when we receive a prayer shawl, but if you are ever given a prayer shawl, may it encircle you with God’s unending love and care. May it bring peace and healing to you.

If you would like to make a prayer shawl for someone, we have talented members of our Congregation at North Main would be love to show you how to make one. It may just be a great new thing for you to do this Lenten Season. Instead of giving up something, add something that you can to do your life.

Pastor Joyce Royal is of the North Main Street United Methodist church in Gloversville.

By Kerry Minor

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