September 17th, 2013
I don’t consider myself someone who prays. My spiritual path has been varied and complicated and it’s been a long journey to the point of even being able to comfortably say that I have a spiritual path so it’s still another leap to be okay with saying I pray. Nevertheless, I do believe in the value of setting an intention and asking for help, strength, hope … and so I am comfortable making prayer shawls.
Suggested Prayer Shawl Practices for People Who Don’t Pray
There is no right or wrong way to craft a prayer shawl. Whatever you feel comfortable with is enough. It can be as simple as setting the intention to heal the recipient at the start of the project.
Here are some additional options:
- Repeat a short phrase in your mind as you work. An example: “I wish you strength.”
- Pause at the end of each row or round to think positive thoughts about the prayer shawl recipient.
- Stitch with love. Intentionally focus on love and compassion as you craft.
- When the project is complete, take a moment to say an affirmation or blessing. You may also want to include a sentiment card with the gift.
[Pattern pictured: Crochet Serene Comfort Shawl]
Which prayers, affirmations or thoughts do you use when crafting for others? Share in the comments below!