Sunday, January 20, 2008

Prayer Shawls 4 Fallen Soldier's Families

In an earlier post, I shared with you the national program Prayer Shawls 4 Fallen Soldier's Families. In short, we are sending a prayer shawl or afghan to the next of kin of every soldier lost in Iraq and Afghanistan. It is a painstaking endeavor. We have sent out over 300 items already, but there are more than 3400 on the list. We have a long way to go.

And though we try to make sure we send the shawls to the right address, we don't know that it always makes it to the right place or the right person. And we never do it for the thank yous that may never come - but every once in a while, you get a blessing back for a blessing offered. I received this letter yesterday:

Thank you and the United Methodist Women for my prayer shawl. I received the shawl on Jan. 15, on my birthday. What a gift to receive. I put the shawl on as soon as I opened the box. I felt the love that went into this shawl. Later that night, I was taken out to dinner for my birthday and to my surprise, I got engaged. Truly when your congregation blessed this shawl, they really blessed it! I am writing this letter with the prayer shawl wrapped around me. Thank you and your church for such a priceless gift. Also my son, Torry, would thank you for the love you, and your church has shown his family. Please share these words with your congregation.

Linda C.

Wow, we really can do some good in this world.


Sue said...

your shawl mission is a wonderful thing... for these woman to receive a shawl knit with so much love to me would be better than words....keep up the good work
"one act of kindness is returned to you a 1000 times greater" so you should have a front row seat next to the big guy
Suzanne in NH and a proud mom of a US Army sargent

Deeners said...

That was beautiful. I make items for a charity that send premie items to hospitals in the area. Most people who take their time to make charity items never expect to hear a thank you or any sort of accolades. But any time our groups receives a letter or a card from a family who received an item, I realize that what I am making really touched someone's life. It completely revitalizes me. And they always seem to come at a time when I could use a kind word or a bit of support.


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